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Three-year, $675,000 contract proposed for Henderson’s new city manager


Justin M. Bowen

RTC general manager, Jacob Snow, speaks during the groundbreaking for the Sahara bus rapid transit line at the Gaudin Ford dealership in Las Vegas Thursday, February 24, 2011.

Henderson’s next city manager will begin his job April 2 at the same salary as his predecessor, according to a proposed three-year contract that will be voted on during next week’s council meeting.

The City Council voted to hire Jacob Snow at its March 6 meeting and is expected to approve his contract Tuesday.

Snow is currently the Regional Transportation Commission’s general manager. He will replace outgoing City Manager Mark Calhoun, who is leaving the post after 29 years with the city. Calhoun’s retirement is effective May 17.

According to a city spokesperson, Calhoun this week began taking his accumulated paid time off and will most likely use it until his retirement date. Assistant City Manager Bristol S. Ellington will serve as acting city manager until Snow starts.

According to the employment agreement, Snow will receive a $225,000 salary annually for three years, the same salary Calhoun received.

Snow will be provided eight days of paid administrative leave and eight days of leave annually when he starts. The city will reimburse him for three months of COBRA coverage from his former employer while he waits the required three months to be covered under the city’s self-funded insurance program.

Snow, who has been at RTC for 13 years, will manage a Henderson city budget of about $224 million. At the RTC in 2010, he earned $228,000 plus $120,000 in benefits, overseeing a $500 million budget.

Snow is expected to attend Tuesday’s meeting, which will be at 7 p.m. at Henderson City Hall, 240 Water St.

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  1. Looks like the City of Henderson is more important then the Entire State of Nevada!!!

    What does Sandoval make? or does his salary reach after leaving office? And what is the 'pension' after leaving his post? $195,000/year for life.

    Jacob sure Snowed the City of Henderson. The City Fathers Suck.

  2. So it looks like Mr. Snow is giving up $3,000 per year in pay and a massive dollar amount in benefits to flee from the RTC.

    I wonder what, exactly, is wrong at the RTC other than the fact that some of its Board members make politically motivated decisions about bus service, rather than common sense economic decisions recommended by Mr. Snow and the RTC staff?

  3. Milking Henderson like there is no tomorrow! Nice!

  4. I hear a lot of Salary Envy, however what was his Job Performance? Obviously he did something Right to be able to keep a Political Transportation job for so long. Please drop the Emotional Hysteria and Inform us about facts.

  5. Ben...

    Agree entirely.
    Many jobs don't have quality candidates growing on trees.
    The best candidates for top jobs in government are in demand just as they would be in the private sector.

    How many people would be complaining about a CEO getting a 225 thousand dollar salary? Likely, he would be grossly underpaid.