Snipes reappointed to fill council vacancy
SOLON– For the second time, Dale Snipes has been appointed to the Solon City Council.
Snipes was originally selected in February of 2015 to replace former council member Ron Herdliska, and in a twist, Herdliska was tabbed to fill Snipes’ seat when he stepped down, in July of 2016, due a change in his employment.
This time, Snipes replaces longtime city councilor Mark Krall, who vacated his seat in March and will fill a term set to expire at the end of the year.
The decision was made at an April 5 city council meeting.
Snipes was unable to attend the meeting, but was sworn in April 6, according to Solon City Administrator Cami Rasmussen.
Three residents expressed interest in the position and were interviewed April 3 and 4 by council members Mark Prentice and Lynn Morris.
Prentice said the two then consulted with remaining council members Steve Duncan and Shawn Mercer.
“The general consensus was the person we needed that would help us the most, assist us in the city, would be Dale Snipes,” Prentice said. “That was based on just his experience and being up to speed on city council activities and we thought that put us in the best position to keep moving without a stressful transition period.”
Prentice’s motion was passed on a 4-0 vote.
Snipes has been a resident of Solon since 2006. Born in St. Louis, but raised in downtown Detroit, he spent most of his life in Missouri and Arkansas before coming to Iowa in 2004. A former coffee company salesman, he began a career in over-the-road trucking in the late 1980s and is currently employed by United Natural Foods in Iowa City.
“I look forward to serving the citizens of Solon once again,” Snipes said in an email. “As always, it is an honor. Hearing from the citizens and what I can do to better serve them and the community is something I truly enjoy. The future of Solon is bright, and I am anxious for what lies ahead.”
Snipes said he would seek to retain the council seat in the November election.
Filling out terms has been an issue for the city council dating back three years to the spring of 2014 when Rasmussen stepped down as mayor to become city administrator.
Council member Steve Stange ascended to the mayor’s post by appointment in May of that year, and Steve Duncan was subsequently tapped to fill Stange’s void.
Later in November of 2014, council member Brad Kunkel announced he would step down from his position effective in December. Mark Prentice was appointed in January of 2015 to fill the vacancy created by Kunkel, who moved outside the city limits.
Herdliska left the council next, replaced by Snipes, and in January of 2016, council members approved the replacement of council member Casey Grover by Lynn Morris.
Krall’s replacement by Snipes marked the sixth time the city appointed an elected official in the last three years.
Krall was elected to his first city council term in November 1997.
He served two full terms and was reappointed to fill a vacancy caused by Brad Randall’s departure in early 2011. Krall was elected to fill the unexpired term in November of 2011 and was re-elected to his fourth term in 2013.
Residents of Solon have 14 days after Snipes’ appointment to file a petition to fill the seat by special election. None of the previous appointments have been challenged.