|His City Council
Mayor Schneider was
first elected to the City Council in 1979 where
he served for 32 years as Councilman for Ward 3.
Prior to becoming a Councilman, he was hired by
then Mayor Eagan (right) as the Florissant City
Engineer in 1976.
Councilman he focused on the city's
infrastructure and began a bridge replacement
program still practiced today, sparing the city
the road structure problems most of the nation is
facing. He also fought for storm water and
sanitary improvement projects that were
coordinated through his contacts at MSD. Many of
the ditches that were converted to concrete
culverts or pipes were completed during his three
decades on the City Council.
advocated for playgrounds and pools for the youth
and embraced the Drug Awareness Resistance
Education (DARE) program. In 1989 he started the
Project Lift Off Youth Program that is held in
December to help promote the DARE program.
While serving on the
City Council, Tom received numerous civic awards
including the 1994 North County Inc. special
recognition for service and leadership and their
2008 Public Service Award (right). He has served
as Council president three times.
April 2011, Tom Schneider was elected to serve as
your Mayor. He feels that the two most important
things a Mayor can do is to protect our residents
and to build a consensus for promoting the
progress of the city. He has always supported
prudent progress but there can be no progress
without protection. Having a safe community that
our residents and guests can enjoy is essential.
our children are our most precious resource the
Mayor is a frequent visitor at many Florissant
schools. He has encouraged good citizenship by
speaking about the legacy of American presidents
and leaders like Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.,
Eleanor Roosevelt and Saint Rose Philippine
has been active for over 30 years in the Missouri
Municipal League and recently served as president
of the St. Louis County Municipal League
(2012-2013). In 2013 he was one of the first
recipients of the designation of Certified
Municipal Official by the Missouri Municipal
Mayor recognizes the importance of being
accessible to all of our important stakeholders.
He frequently attends senior events, youth
events, chamber & charity functions,
concerts, Wednesday Night Outs, block parties,
festivals and other community events to monitor
what is important to our residents.
organizations or boards currently served:
In addition to
serving as your Mayor, he serves on the Board of
North County Incorporated, St. Louis County
Municipal League, East-West Gateway Council of
Governments and Metro Mayors. He has also has
long association with the Greater North County
Chamber of Commerce, Rotary Club of Florissant,
American Legion Post 444, VFW Post 4105, VVA #794
and the Engineers Club of St. Louis.
In 1966, he
attended his freshman year at the University of
Missouri-Rolla, UMR, formerly MSM now MO S&T,
before feeling a call to duty to follow his
father in the Naval Service. His next stop was
the Navy Seabees, serving from 1967 to 1972 in
mobile construction Battalion, MCB 74, deployed
twice to Vietnam. After Vietnam he was assigned
to the Guantanamo Bay Cuba Naval Base. After his
discharge he returned to the University of
Missouri at Rolla and received a Bachelor of
Science degree in Civil Engineering.
Mayor James J.
Eagan hired Tom in 1976 and he served two years
as Florissant City Engineer. He was later
recruited by a Civil Engineering Consultant firm
and then elected to the City Council in 1979.
Before being elected as Mayor, he had enjoyed 30
years of success in the financial service
industry in various roles and emphasis and earned
the designation of Certified Financial Planner in
The Mayor has
lived in North County all of his life except
while attending the University of Missouri- Rolla
and serving in the US Navy. He has been married
to Rachel since 1969 and they have six children;
Jacob, Zachary, Marc, Claire, Julie and Paul. He
and Rachel also have one grandchild, Henry who
lives in New York with his parents Marc and
Jenny. Tom and Rachel have been members of the
St. Ferdinand Parish for over 34 years.
is a history buff and loves to read biographies
and accounts of historical events. Among His
favorite books are Undaunted Courage about the
Lewis and Clark expedition, General
Grant&rsquos memoirs (Written on U.S. Grant's
deathbed and sponsored by Mark Twain) 1000 Days
about President Kennedy, John Adams, His
Excellency about George Washington, and
biographies about Jefferson, Jackson, Lincoln,
Both Roosevelts, Truman, Ford, Carter, Winston
Churchill, Eleanor Roosevelt, Mother Teresa,
Saint Rose Philippine Duchesne, Father DeSmet and
many others. He is fascinated by the rich history
of the Florissant Valley and the village that was
originally named St. Ferdinand De Flewrissant by
the Spanish Governor of the Louisiana Territory.
two sports that the Mayor has participated in the
most are golf and soccer. Like many he played his
share of youth baseball and has always loved the
Cardinals. He also loves to attend Blues, Rams,
Mizzou and SLU games with his adult children when
they are in town. He also roots for the Mo
In 1965, as a
teenager he was lucky enough to caddie in the US
Open held at Bellerive CC. He caddied for Dudley
Wysong who played great and finished tied for 8th.
He played varsity golf in high school and college
while attending Rolla and was instrumental in
establishing the sport of soccer at the varsity
and intramural level at Rolla and also helped to
start the youth soccer program in the community
that still thrives there today. He was inducted
in the UMR athletic Hall of Fame in 1992 for his
leadership with soccer.
Tom played some
competitive golf after college but his one real
success was making the cut in the 1992
Metropolitan Amateur. Most of his golf now is in
community and charity scramble events. Instead of
soccer the Mayor frequents the city's weight room
and can be seen riding his bike wearing the
required safety helmet as he keeps an eye on the
City and visits neighborhood block parties.