Mayor Chris Beutler today said Jayne Snyder was a true public servant who left a lasting impact on the City of Lincoln. The former City Council member passed away just before midnight Wednesday night from cancer. She had resigned from the Council September 11 because of her illness. Snyder, 66, was elected to her at-large City Council seat in May 2009. She also was the first Chair of the West Haymarket Joint Public Agency (JPA), the governing body overseeing the arena project.
"I have long admired Jayne's passion and hard work, but the strength, courage and grace she demonstrated since her diagnosis were an inspiration," said Mayor Beutler, who also serves on the JPA. "She made her work on behalf of this community a priority, and it was an honor to serve with her. Jayne cared more about people than politics. The City will long benefit from her remarkable legacy as a committed and caring business and community leader."
Snyder owned and operated Snyder Physical Therapy. She was a life-long advocate for Lincoln's trails system, and the City Council voted to name the trails center in Union Plaza to recognize her. The Jayne Snyder Trails Center is part of the Active Living Center now under construction. Snyder also was a strong advocate for health care policy and served as a member of the Lincoln-Lancaster County Board of Health.
Services for Snyder are pending.