Get To Know Tom Schneider
His City Council Career:

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.

As a 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.

He 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.

As Mayor:

In 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.

Knowing that 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 Duchesne.

He 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 League.

The 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.

Other community 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.

Education/ Military summary:

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.

Professional summary:

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 1993.

Personal summary:

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.

Interests:

History

Mayor Schneider 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.

Sports and Fitness

The 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 S&T Miners.

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.

PAID FOR BY FRIENDS FOR MAYOR SCHNEIDER, BOB FREESMEIER AND HOWARD NIMMONS, TREASURERS