A divided Fairview Heights City Council voted to appoint a new city administrator Tuesday night.
In a five to four vote, with Mayor Gail Mitchell voting yes, the city council hired James W. Snider and approved his contract as city administrator. The contract is for $110,000 annually.
Ward 5 Alderwoman Bonnie Crossley was absent.
Ward 1 Alderman Joshua Frawley explained his no vote.
"I feel this position is paying too much, more than we paid to the prior city administrator," he said. "I think with all the budget cutting we've done on our spending we are throwing it all away on one position."
Ward 4 Alderwoman Carol Warner defended her vote to hire Snider for $110,000 a year.
"From everything we've seen, this is in line with this position for our area and for a city this size," she said.
Snider begins his job as the city administrator Wednesday.
"I appreciate the confidence of the majority of the city council," Snider said. "I understand not supporting it because of the numbers, but, I'm very confident I can do a good job for you. I look forward to working with you all and being open with you. I will do my best to help you make the best decisions for the people of Fairview Heights."
Snider has served as city administrator for Canton and Freeburg, was city manager in Fairmont, W.V., as well as the Illinois towns of Salem and Kewanee, and served as administrative assistant to the mayor of Canton.
The city's former administrator, Drew Awsumb, resigned in August so he could go back to college and not miss his children's activities due to night city council meetings. Awsumb earned $74,046 a year as the city's administrator.