Dawne Gardner, Transportation Planner, Public Works
Dawne has worked for the City since 2012.
How does your position impact the
I love my job and how it allows
me to have a direct impact on Springfield and
beyond. My position as transportation planner
has allowed me to write and secure bicycle and
pedestrian grants for construction of trails
and sidewalks in the community. The ADA
coordinator portion of my job allows me to
advocate and ensure the City’s infrastructure is
compliant with the Americans with Disabilities
Act – giving people with disabilities a barrier
free environment to get where they need to go
and the choice to be independent.
What are you passionate about?
knows me well knows I am passionate about
accessibility in all aspects of the community.
People with disabilities deserve independence
without having to fight for it, to be able to go
to a restaurant without experiencing a barrier, such as stairs to even get into the establishment
or an inaccessible restroom - can you imagine
what that is like? Two other things I cannot go
without mentioning are my passion for animal
rescue (I am involved with a local cat rescue) and
If you could switch your job with anyone
else, whose would you want?
I would want to be a zookeeper, working with all
the animals at the zoo (except snakes – I would
have to absolutely draw
the line there).