Township Manager Chip Snider dies at 70

Township Manager Chip Snider dies at 70

Former Longtime Township Manager Chip Snider dies at 70
Posted on 01/27/2021
Chip SniderOur hearts are heavy today. Former longtime Northville Township Manager Marvin “Chip” Snider, Ph.D., died this afternoon after complications from a fall. He was 70.

One of Northville Township’s most influential leaders, Chip retired in October 2019 after serving for 29 years, most recently as its Manager, a chief administrative officer role he held for 19 years.

“He was a great colleague, a great leader and a great friend,” said Northville Township Supervisor Mark J. Abbo.

He led the Township through unprecedented growth. The population jumped from 17,000 in 1990 to 28,500 in 2010. The Township’s current estimated population is 32,000.

Chip, a former U.S. Marine, redefined the concept of Servant Leadership by encouraging open dialogue and participation among residents, business leaders, community groups and organizations.

He joined the Township in 1990 as Police Chief. In August 1993, he restructured the Northville Township Police and Fire Departments to a nominally consolidated Public Safety Department. This effort centralized budget development, increased coordination of Public Safety planning, and optimized knowledge and skills of Public Safety personnel.

Overall, Chip’s career included 41 years of municipal public safety service, 18 of those years as chief of police and public safety director. He served two cities, one village and two townships in Southeastern Michigan.

His biggest legacy was his ability to teach. He has been a mentor to many, and his influence has made an indelible impact on generations of professionals at Northville Township.

Chip handpicked his successor, Todd L. Mutchler, who holds the dual role of Manager and Director of Public Safety.

“Chip modeled Servant Leadership; when you brought an issue to him, he listened, he encouraged, and he supported you,” Manager Mutchler said. “He genuinely cared for and respected his team. He embraced his role as my mentor and friend which I will always cherish.”

Chip has a doctorate in clinical psychology and a master’s degree in public administration. He is a graduate of the FBI National Academy. 

“A valued member of the Northville Township family was lost today,” said Supervisor Abbo. “Chip’s contributions will live on and he will truly be missed.” 

Please join us in sending heartfelt condolences to his wife, Diana, their two adult children and all who loved him.