Springfield City government is based on the Council/Manager system.
By Charter, the City has eight council members who are each elected for a four-year term on a non-partisan basis, and a Mayor who is elected for a two-year term.
The City Manager is appointed by Council to be the chief executive and administrative officer of the City. He enforces the laws as required by the Charter. The presiding officer at Council meetings is the Mayor.
Council meets at 6:30 p.m. every other Monday at City Council Chambers, Historic City Hall, 830 N. Boonville Ave., and Tuesdays at noon, usually at the Busch Municipal Building. Council meetings are open to the public.