As of Tuesday, May 21, 2013
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Gwinnett Daily Post
LAWRENCEVILLE -- A career Gwinnett County firefighter who has taken on major roles in the county finances will be the new Fire and Emergency Services chief.
Commissioners approved a contract Tuesday for Casey Snyder, currently the department's assistant chief of operations. He will replace Bill Myers, who retires at the end of the week after four years as chief of the department.
"We are very proud we can have someone -- through our succession planning -- ready to take the helm of a department so important to all our citizens," County Administrator Glenn Stephens said of Snyder, who joined the department in 1989, after working for five years as a paramedic in DeKalb, where he grew up. "He has worked all the way up through our ranks."
Snyder, who holds an MBA from the University of Tennessee, took on a key role during a belt-tightening process about five years ago, working with officials to evaluate efficiencies throughout the government. He also spent a brief time as the director of the county's solid waste division.
"I am impressed with Casey's devotion to the organization as reflected in his balanced, achievement-oriented management style of open communication and shared leadership," Stephens said, calling Snyder the "ideal choice" for the role. "Casey is a person of strong character who has dedicated himself to public service and will be a valuable addition to our senior management team."
According to the contract, Snyder will receive an annual salary of $135,000, plus a $320 monthly car allowance and benefits, to lead the department of 800.