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Goliad City Administrator leaving

By BY KAYLA BELL
July 28, 2010 at 2:28 a.m.

C.J. Snipes

GOLIAD - Goliad City Administrator C.J. Snipes resigned at Tuesday's City Council meeting to accept a similar job near Houston.

Snipes, who had served in Goliad over two years, accepted a job in Fulshear, where he will be the city's first manager.

Fulshear is a town near Houston, which is quickly growing, Snipes said.

"It's a unique opportunity for someone like me to be able to go in and start from scratch," Snipes said of his new job. "It has all the potential in the world."

Snipes and his wife, Michelle, decided to make the move to be closer to family after having their son Jackson, who is now 18 months old.

"The decision was extremely emotional for us," Snipes said, while fighting back tears over the phone. "Goliad holds a special place in my heart. I love it here."

Mayor Jay Harvey said Snipes can hardly even talk about his departure without tearing up.

"He's going to miss us just as much as we're going to miss him," Harvey said. "We wish him all the best and plan on staying in touch."

Myra Heard said she too hopes Snipes will come back to visit the community often.

"Everything's been smooth since he came here," said Heard, who volunteers with the Goliad Historical Commission and serves as chairman of Christmas in Goliad. "He helped every organization tremendously."

In particular, Heard said Snipes was instrumental in making Christmas in Goliad such a success.

Snipes played Santa and rode into town on a longhorn, a role he promised to reprise next year.

Harvey said the city has placed job ads for the open position, and he's already received a few applications.

Harvey and a committee of city staff members will review applicants, then submit their recommendation to the council for voting.

He hopes to have the position filled by the time Snipes leaves in August.

"Whoever's next has some big shoes to fill," Harvey said.

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