Scott Snell, who represents east Hastings and the Fourth Ward on the Hastings City Council, announced during Monday’s council meeting he would not run for a second term.

He was elected in 2016.

“It’s been a real privilege, and it’s been an honor, and I’ll say more probably come December of this year,” he said, referring to his final meeting in office. “It’s been a real blessing to be able serve the city, and I’m so grateful. It’s out of no bitterness or anger, angst or disgruntledness —nothing like that. It’s just I feel I want to spend more time with my family.”

Snell, 54, and his wife, Sarah, have three children.

During his term in office he left his position as public relations manager for the Upper Big Blue Natural Resources District in York to become an agent with the Real Estate Group of Hastings.

“That’s the whole reason why I made the career change, to get back to my roots here with my family and not be traveling so much either in an airplane or behind the windshield of a car,” he said. “This is another step to get me closer to be with my family.”

He encouraged the public to consider running for the city council position and serve the community.

“It’s one of the greatest things you could do,” he said. “It doesn’t come with a lot of fanfare, but it does come with the reward that you know you’re giving something back. I think that’s one of the most important things we can do as citizens.”

Mayor Corey Stutte thanked Snell for his service and reminded the public the deadline for non-incumbents to file with the Adams County Clerk’s Office is March 2, which is a Monday.

“Scott, you’ve been great to work with,” Stutte said.

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