Former Rochester Hills Mayor, Kenneth Snell, passed away on Monday, September 7, 2020. He was 65. Snell was the City’s third Mayor, serving from 1995-1999, and as a member of Rochester Hills City Council from 1984-1991 and again from 1993-1995. He was City Council President for two years during this time.
During his tenure at Rochester Hills City Hall, Mayor Snell is credited for embracing technology, honoring the past and leaving a mark on the future. He influenced the city’s digital footprint by ensuring that all office employees had their own computer, making Rochester Hills an early adopter of technology among municipal governments at the time. He signed the "Deed of Gift" from the Board of Trustees of Michigan State University that deeded the Red House across the street from the Van Hoosen Farmhouse at the Rochester Hills Museum to the city, a remarkable gem within our community and on the National Register of Historic Places. In addition, Mayor Snell started Rochester Hills’ popular "Festival of the Hills" celebration, now in existence for over 20 years.