County hires UW-Bothell vice chancellor to lead Public Works

Kelly Snyder will replace Steve Thomsen, who retired in December after 33 years with the county.

Public Works director-to-be Kelly Snyder. (Snohomish County)

Public Works director-to-be Kelly Snyder. (Snohomish County)

EVERETT — Kelly Snyder will be Snohomish County’s next Public Works director, the county executive announced Tuesday.

Most recently, Snyder was vice chancellor at the University of Washington-Bothell. Previously, she served as the Public Works board director for the state Department of Commerce, and before that she co-owned a civil engineering firm for 13 years.

“Kelly Snyder is the leader we need for our Public Works Department to help us chart the course as we reach one million residents by 2040,” Snohomish County Executive Dave Somers said in a news release.

Snyder is replacing former director Steve Thomsen, who retired in December after 33 years with the county.

She will start Jan. 21.

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