Sarah Kerner, Director, Economic Development

Sarah began working for the City in 2008.

Sarah Kerner

What are three words to describe the City of Springfield?

Friendly, nature, fun.

What advice do you have for prospective employees?

Always be looking for opportunities to learn new skills and stretch yourself! TheCity has so many diverse jobs. There are great cross-training opportunities everywhere.

If you could switch your job with anyone else in the City, whose job would you want?

Casey Jo Kellner, urban forester. I am obsessed with plants lately, and I love the idea of adding trees to beautify the streets of Springfield.

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

The importance of citizen involvement in the decisions we make.

Why do you do what you do?

I really want to make Springfield a better place to live, work and play. Growing quality jobs impacts all of those areas.

What’s the hardest part of your job?

Speaking in front of City Council.

What’s the best part of your job?

Announcing new projects is awesome, but honestly the best part is the people I work with. I couldn’t do my job without the whole Economic Development team – Melissa Barton, Olivia Hough, Matt Schaefer, Bill Weaver and Jim Webb – and my assistant Judy White to keep me organized.

What’s something that Springfield as a city should strive for?

Viewing ourselves in a positive light – we have a lot to be proud of and we need to brag about ourselves more!