Mayor Linda Redmon has chosen Heather Thomas to lead city operations replacing Steve Schuller as City Administrator. This change goes into effect on March 21, 2022.
“Under my authority as Mayor, and as I was elected to do, I am revamping our internal functioning in order to better serve our community,” stated Mayor Redmon. “My priorities for how City Hall serves Snohomish are communication and customer service, and I believe Ms. Thomas’ background will be of great value in the work ahead.”
Ms. Thomas has been the Public and Government Affairs Manager for the Snohomish Health District since 2014. In this role, she served as a strategic advisor to the Board of Health, Administrative Officer, Health Officer and senior leadership on district-wide and regional fiscal, organizational, legislative, public relations and policy matters for a variety of departments. She has also developed public-private partnership opportunities, represented the Health District on boards and committees, and sought to increase visibility and positive encounters for the agency in the community.
In addition to the last 7 years focused on the governmental public health system and community outreach, the 16 years prior were spent in positions focused on water, wastewater, stormwater, solid waste, public works, transportation engineering, real estate, and other capital improvement projects. This includes working for the City of Kent, City of Oceanside (CA), Alexandria Sanitation Authority (VA), and several firms providing consulting services for local government agencies throughout the state. Ms. Thomas has a M.A. in Public Administration and a M.A. in Communications
“Nearly 26 years ago, my husband and I graduated from Snohomish High School. Since that time, I have earned two masters degrees and worked for more than 20 years in the public and private sectors,” Ms. Thomas said in an email. “The opportunity to work for a mayor that I admire and respect, while working with a dedicated workforce and serving a community dear to my heart is a full circle moment for me and my family. It has been a true honor to work for the Snohomish Health District for over seven years. Learning from, watching and working with this team of public health professionals has been transformational and inspiring. I am grateful to have their support during this transition.”
The City Administrator is charged with overseeing the operation of the City, and advising the City Council on policy and implementing Council goals and directives. In addition, this position serves as the principal advisor to the Mayor on a variety of technical and administrative issues regarding the budget, funding development, long range planning and staffing.
“It has been a blessing to serve at Snohomish,” said Steve Schuller. During his time with the City, Mr. Schuller implemented innovative wastewater treatment technology leading to several awards for outstanding environmental achievement. He was instrumental in creating a Transportation Benefit District that provides ongoing, dedicated funding for streets. He worked to close the City’s aged water treatment plant and partnered with the Tulalip Tribes to remove the old dam on the Pilchuck River. Most recently, his shepherding of the Snohomish Carnegie Building renovations led to receipt of the Valerie Sivinski Award for Outstanding Achievement in Historic Rehabilitation.
Mr. Schuller has been with the City of Snohomish since 2008. Before serving as City Administrator he was the Deputy City Manager and Public Works Director. Previously, he served as the Co-City Administrator for the City of Duvall. He has a degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Washington and a B.A. from Northwest University.
Mr. Schuller’s last day for the City will be March 18th.
The Snohomish City Council will be asked confirm Mayor Redmon’s appointment of Heather Thomas at the public meeting on March 15th at 6p.m.
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