Conger, in posts on Twitter, cited Snook’s attention to detail and legal knowledge as benefits. Others fear that another white mayor may mean a slowdown in equity efforts often championed by former mayor Nikuyah Walker, who was the city’s first black female mayor.
“I can see we’re going to have another four years to deal with a lack of transparency and a lack of accountability,” said Tanesha Hudson, a fairness activist, after Snook’s appointment.
Hudson said she feared black officials such as Walker and former police chief RaShall Brackney, who came to power after the Unite the Right rally in 2017, had been kicked out of the city government.
“You talked about why you would be an effective leader and what you could do to build a team that focused on equity, affordable housing and a host of other city issues, but you had a great team,” Hudson said.
Don Gathers, racial equity activist and chairman of the city’s Blue Ribbon Commission on Race, Memorials and Public Spaces, said he hopes efforts for civility and stability will not silence those in the community who are trying to make change happen.
“Directing efforts towards stability and doing the business and affairs of the city does not mean silencing the loudest people in the city, but making sure they are heard. Citizens demand and deserve to be heard and to have actions followed, ”said Gathers.