Bob Atchley, Senior City Planner, Planning and Development

bob atchleyBob began working for City of Springfield in 2017.

What’s something you’ve learned since working for the City?

“I have only been employed with the City of Springfield since January, however, I have worked in the planning and development field for over a decade, as a public servant. As a new employee, I have found the City to be very forward-thinking. It is extremely refreshing for the standard response NOT to be, “well, we have always done it that way.” In this rapidly changing world, the City of Springfield has demonstrated the ability to embrace progressive ideas and processes.”

Why do you do what you do? 

“I have always wanted to effect positive change within my community by improving the lives of those citizens that live, work and play within our region; while also seeking to turn negative stereotypes about government service and work ethic on their head. And, in my current position I feel that I can accomplish just that.” 

Do you work to live, or do you live to work? Why?

“I am very driven in both my career and personal life. I try to look upon each day as a gift that must be cherished. However, I am constantly reassessing my life to ensure that I have the proper balance between my work and home life.”

What do you admire about this organization?

“The City of Springfield truly understands that its greatest asset is its employees. The City does an excellent job of both attracting and retaining skilled talent, ensuring the highest level of service for its citizenry.”