Austin official suspended as city investigates women training session


Assistant City Manager Anthony Snipes was suspended today while the city launched an investigation into the controversial training session he organized in March on dealing with women in leadership.

Snipes organized the March 27 training on “Women Leading in Government” for city staffers who would be working with Austin’s first female-majority City Council, which took office in January.

The training session, first reported Tuesday evening by the American-Statesman, made national news because the trainers told city staffers that women leaders ask more questions and tend to be more interested in community impacts than the financial implications of decisions.

“As stated in my memo to you yesterday, the remarks made in the referenced training are not reflective in any way of our culture, philosophy, or approach toward managing this organization, nor our approach toward partnering with with the City Council,” City Manager Marc Ott wrote in a memo today to the mayor and City Council, announcing Snipes had been placed on leave.

“I also promised to work toward addressing this issue swiftly and directly,” Ott wrote. “To that end, I have already begun an investigation into how this training was implemented without the appropriate vetting.

Ott said Human Resources Director Mark Washington will serve as acting assistant city manager.


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