Chaves County Sheriff Rob Coon promoted Lt. Britt Snyder to the position of chief deputy. The appointment took effect on Sunday. Snyder replaces former Chief Deputy Pat Jennings who retired in November.
“It’s an appointed position. He (Snyder) has got big shoes to fill with Pat, but I know he is up for the challenge,” said Coon.
The promotion leaves an opening for the position of lieutenant. “We will be testing the two sergeants in the near future,” Coon said.
Once one of the two fill the lieutenant’s slot, the CCSO will have two openings for sergeants following the retirement of Sgt. Barry Dixon at the end of August.
Snyder has been a lieutenant for the past 15 years. He has worked for CCSO for 24 years. “He has been around longer than anybody else,” Coon said.
Snyder told the Daily Record: “I am very excited about the promotion. … I certainly know what needs to be done and I will work very hard to get it all done.”
He praised the staff at the Sheriff’s Office, calling them the most important asset. “I will work closely with our supervisors in order to help make them the best they can be. Our work is difficult enough given its inherent dangers, so it is important to have a positive relationship with your administration.”
Coon said that Snyder was the best man for the job. “He’s a good fit.”
In his new post, Snyder said he plans to encourage, supervise, mentor and, above all, support staff in a positive manner. “I’ve learned that relationships are very important in order to develop a good staff.”