Wayne Snell takes over as the city’s new director of Neighborhood and Inspection Services.
“The City of Lewisville is very dynamic and has all the qualities a person could ask for,” Snell said. “I believe what attracted me most is the organizational culture and clear vision and goals they have for 2025.”
Snell has more than a decade of public sector experience and comes to Lewisville from the City of Plano, where he most recently served as Building Inspections manager. Prior to working for Plano, Snell was building official for the Town of Prosper.
He is an energetic leader with a passion for building first-rate communities through planning, civic partnerships and engagement, the City of Lewisville said.
“For me, working in the public sector is an area where real change can happen, leadership matters, and is the most rewarding way I can contribute to society while taking care of my family,” Snell said.
He earned a master’s degree in public administration from the University of Texas at Arlington and a Bachelor of Applied Arts and Sciences from the University of North Texas. He is certified in public budgeting and financial management, volunteer and community resource management, is a certified public manager as well as a certified building official.
Snell has been a member of the International Code Council since 2005, currently serves as treasurer for the North Texas Chapter of ICC and serves on the North Central Texas Council of Governments’ Energy and Green Advisory Board.
In 2013, he received a research and development award for effectively implementing digital processes within the Development Services Department. In 2016, Snell was part of the Building Inspections re-accreditation – only three Texas cities have an Accredited Building Inspections Department.
In his spare time, Snell likes to spend time with his wife, Carolyn, and their three daughters. He enjoys the outdoors, eating out and touring Texas. He begins his new job with the City of Lewisville later this month.
Previously the departments of Neighborhood Services and Inspections and Permitting had been divided to put more emphasis on neighborhoods in order to integrate social service agencies in a different way, City Manager Donna Barron said.
Josh Roberts was the director of Neighborhood Services as well as the city’s emergency manager. He left at the end of June to be state coordinator in the Division of Emergency Management with the Texas Department of Public Safety, vacating those city management positions.
“Josh was able to carry both functions. With his leaving us, we can’t do that. So I have to return to that original structure,” Barron said. “Sometimes a change like this, where we’ve lost some experience or some expertise, may slow us a little bit, but we’re still going to meet those council directives.”