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James Snell Appointed to DRPA Board of Commissioners

From a press release

Pennsylvania Treasurer Stacy Garrity Wednesday announced that she has appointed James Snell to serve as Treasury’s representative on the Delaware River Port Authority (DRPA) Board of Commissioners.


Snell is the Business Manager of Steamfitters Local 420, which has hundreds of members and works on pipelines and related assets in Philadelphia and its collar counties. Steamfitters Local 420 has been constructing, installing, and maintaining mechanical systems since 1903.


“Jim Snell is widely respected and understands the critical importance of the DRPA to the regional and state economy,” Treasurer Garrity said. “First and foremost, Treasury’s representative on the DRPA board must serve as a fiduciary and work for the benefit of our Commonwealth – and I have absolute confidence that Jim will do that. His background, which includes his service on the Port of Philadelphia Advisory Committee and his long-standing relationships in both Pennsylvania and New Jersey, makes him uniquely qualified for this position. It’s great news for Pennsylvania taxpayers that Jim accepted this appointment.”


“I am humbled by this opportunity to serve Greater Philadelphia—and residents and travelers on both sides of the river,” Snell said. “This infrastructure connects and serves our communities. I recognize how important this post is to keep our entire region growing and moving forward, and I take seriously my commitment to work collaboratively and with the public trust in mind to ensure the safe and efficient operation of our world-class transportation assets.”


“I’ve known Jim Snell for many years as a friend and as a leader in both Pennsylvania and New Jersey,” DRPA Chairwoman Cherelle L. Parker said. “His experience with major construction projects and his understanding of the importance of DRPA to the regional economy will serve us well as he represents Treasurer Garrity on the DRPA Board. I’m excited to have someone with his vast skill set joining us to keep DRPA moving forward.”


Snell has been with Steamfitters Local 420 since 2004. He has served in various roles, including President, Business Agent, Trustee, and Business Manager. He is a graduate of Monsignor Bonner High School in Drexel Hill, and completed a five-year working apprenticeship with the Steamfitters Local 420.


Snell takes over the seat of outgoing commissioner Ted Christian, who served on the DRPA Board of Commissioners since 2021.


The DRPA oversees four bridges that cross the Delaware River connecting Pennsylvania and New Jersey, including the Ben Franklin, Walt Whitman, Commodore Barry and Betsy Ross Bridges, and operates a direct transit line between Philadelphia and Camden County, New Jersey.

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