Assistant city manager resigns after controversial training session

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AUSTIN (KXAN) — An assistant city manager responsible for organizing a controversial training session, titled “Women Leading in Local Government,” has resigned. Anthony Snipes handed in his resignation Monday after an initial investigation into the March 27 training session. Snipes had been placed on administrative leave earlier this month.

The training was in response to the newly elected 10-1 Austin City Council, which is made up of mostly women.

Austin City Council members said they did not learn about the March 27 sessions until mid-May – when it hit blogs and social media. City leaders said one of the speakers, Jonathan Allen, suggested women ask too many questions, do not like to deal with finances and should be spoken to differently than men.

Snipes will stay on staff until Aug. 10, City Manager Marc Ott said in a memo to Mayor Steve Adler and City Council members. During that time, Snipes will be responsible for transitioning “vital projects, programs and work tasks to applicable staff.”

Ott said he still had questions for team members looking into the training session, and a final report into the findings could be issued within the next week.

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