Councilmember Jon Snyder selected policy adviser for Governor Inslee

Snyder will step down from City Council in January

Jon Snyder, City Council Member, District 2, 509.625.6254

Monday, December 21, 2015 at 3:30 p.m.

Spokane City Council member Jon Snyder announced today that he has been selected to be Governor Jay Inslee’s Policy Advisor for Outdoor Recreation and Economic Development. Snyder will be the first to occupy the new position that was created by the legislature in the 2015 session and originally sponsored by Senators Ranker, Parlette, Pearson, Rolfes, Hewitt, Litzow, Conway, Hasegawa, and McAuliffe.

“The fact that this position was created with such strong bi-partisan support clearly illustrates that outdoor recreation is one of the things that binds us together as Washingtonians,” says Snyder.

“I’m excited to get to work for Governor Inslee and to collaborate with legislators and stakeholders,” says Snyder. “The goal will be to form strategies for increasing jobs related to outdoor recreation and also to boost participation in outdoor activities.”

Snyder will draw on nine years’ experience as the owner and publisher of Out There Monthly magazine, the Inland Northwest Guide to outdoor recreation, and six years on the Spokane City Council representing Spokane’s 2nd District. At Out There Monthly he was able to help bring attention to the region as an outdoor destination, attracting major national advertisers, and winning industry awards. On Spokane City Council Snyder has lead the charge for Complete Streets policies, championed law enforcement reform, advocated for improved transit, fiscal responsibility, human rights, sensible density and urban planning that prepares Spokane for the future.

“Working with fellow Councilmembers, and all the great people I’ve met through being an elected official, have been some of the best experiences of my life,” says Snyder. “I love Spokane. It will be really hard to leave, but I look forward to serving the entire state in Olympia and to also bring an Eastern Washington perspective there as well.”

“I can’t imagine not returning to my hometown at some point in the future.”

Snyder plans to step down from Council effective Jan. 12, 2016.