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Posted on: February 16, 2018

Zone 4 Applicants to be interviewed by City Council March 6

Six citizens have applied for the City Council Zone 4 seat recently vacated by former councilman Craig Fishel. The deadline for submitting applications was 5 p.m. today, Feb. 16.

City Council is expected to conduct interviews with all six applicants at a special City Council meeting at 11:30 a.m., March 6, 2018 in the Busch Municipal Building 4th floor conference room. The meeting will be live streamed on the City’s Facebook page @CityofSGF and at It will also be broadcast live on CityView channels Mediacom: 15.1 and AT&T U-Verse: seek program guide at channel 99. For those unable to tune in live, the proceedings will be archived at immediately following the meeting.

The applicants include: (Details are provided verbatim from submitted applications)

Jennifer Colwell

Current Employer:

Advanced Sleep Technologies

Preview employers and positions:

From my previous experience working with a large corporation (JP Morgan Chase)

to a local small business (Aaron Sachs & Associates), I have experienced the importance of promoting companies to establish here in Springfield. This is whv I am honored to be a member of the executive team to an international startup company (Advanced Sleep Technologies) in downtown Springfield. By seeing mv current company's potential and success, I want to assist with encouraging business growth 111 Springfield and local communities to ensure the development of our area.

Special Qualifications:

I love Springfield. It is difficult to hide mv passion for this town. When I graduated college and moved away, I thought you had to live in St. Louis or Kansas City. I realized Springfield has more opportunities in which I would not be able to pursue in a larger city. This is WHY I am establishing my future here. Not only do I have the opportunitv to work for an international business, but I am able to establish a personal business with my husband in Springfield's Zone 1. By developing an abandoned property into a business, this will allow us to leave an impact on the community in which we love.

Education Background:

My education did not end after obtaining a Bachelor's of Science from William Woods University. With resources here in Springfield from the eFactory, Chamber of Commerce and Biz 417, I am continuously improving myself as a leader in our community. This has allowed me to develop myself in a better manager as well as business owner to ensure success in my career, organizations in which I am involved in and business in which I work for or own.

Community Activities and Offices Held:

Being active in the Springfield community has been a priority of mine. From getting involved with Junior League of Springfield to protect the interest of local children to M ... WAH (More Wishes and Hugs) which provides random acts of kindness to mv neighbors. I have seen how small actions result in big impacts in our community. Most recently, I served as chair for two years on the Citizens' Sales Tax Oversight Committee, which allowed me to get involved in the City of Springfield and in turn, become more aware of the daily activities of our local government. It was with that involvement which led me to the desire to be on Springfield City Council.


Edward Griesbaum

Current Employer:


Previous Employers and Positions:

Meyer-Blanke, branch Mgr, U.S. Postal Fleet Mgr

Special Qualifications:

Business knowledge (formerly owned-Glendale Automotive) National Ins Appraiser, Greeting Tree Mfg.

Educational Background: 


Community Activities and Offices held:

CBC Vol Driver – 19 yrs, Reserve Officer 32 yr; Case-27 yrs, 8 yrs Library Bd, 8 yrs, SPFLD Traffic Bd, 9 yrs SPFLD FLN (HOD), 18 yr FOL Adm Volunteers, 40 yrs Knights of Columbus. Immaculate Conception Fin (active), Council of Churches 22 yrs. Vol Drive – Dir 3 yrs.


Andrew Lear

Current Employer:

Retired BKD LLP

Previous Employers and Positions: 

1979-2014 BKD LLP Springfield, MO Certified Public Accountant; elected partner in 1990 and retired in 2014. I served both corporate and business clientele. The last 8 years, I served as a national quality reviewer.

Special Qualifications: 

CPA with expertise in finance. Direct experience in governance (elected to BKD Board of Governors) and mediating issues related to quality in a corporate setting. I have represented Springfield in a variety of economic development venues.

Educational Background:

I am a product of Springfield, MO public schools (Wilder, Pershing and Glendale), graduating in 1975. Bachelor of Science in Business majoring in accounting and business administration from the University of Kansas 1979. 18 hours of credit towards a Master of Science in Administration Missouri State University and Drury University.

Community Activities and Offices Held:

Over 8 years in various board and committee capacities with the Springfield Area Chamber of Commerce culminating in a chairmanship in 2009. Past board service and chairmanship of Springfield Business and Development Corporation, the Springfield Family Y, and the Developmental Center of the Ozarks. Initial chairman of the Civility Project, member of The Good Community, Trustee of Brentwood Christian Church, and active in various arts organizations with my spouse.


Derek Lee

Current Employer:

Lee Engineering

Previous Employers and Positions:

Civil Engineer and Owner of Lee Engineering, City Professional Engineer -City of Springfield

Special Qualifications:

I am familiar with development issues.

Educational Background:

Bachelor and Masters Degree in Civil Engineering

Community Activities and Offices Held:

Board of Adjustment, Previous member of the City of Springfield Development Core Team, Previous member of the Chamber Development Issues Input Group, Active in Sister City’s program as host family for student exchange.


Matthew Simpson

Current Employer:

Ozarks Technical Community College

Previous Employers and Positions:

Adjunct Instructor at Middle Tennessee State University & Nashville State Community College, Research & Teaching Assistant at Vanderbilt University.

Special Qualifications:

Strong background in research that I could bring to Council work and have worked on Public Policy as the Missouri Community College Association Research Council Legislative Chair, Elected as Inaugural Captain Springfield.

Educational Background:

Bachelor of Science in Political Science with a minor in Economics from Missouri State University (2007), Master of Arts in Political Science from Vanderbilt University (2010), Association of Institutional Research Data & Decisions Academy (2012).

Community Activities and Offices Held: 

President of the Foundation for Springfield Public Schools Board of Directors, Springfield-Greene County Library Board of Trustees, Leadership Springfield (Class 33), Downtown Springfield Association, Friends of the Zoo, The Network.


Stephanie D. Smith

Current Employer:

Missouri State Alliance of YMCA

Previous Employers and Positions:

Project Specialist. Missouri State Alliance of YMCAs (current position); Community Outreach Specialist, Ozarks Regional YMCA (December 2011 -December 2016); Legal Assistant Ray B. Marglous, PC (August 2009 -May 2011) Development Manager for Grants and Data, Beyond Housing/Neighborhood Housing Services (February 2001 -November 2003); Associate, Public Eye, Inc. (March 200 I -September 2001). Assistant to Campaign Manager, Gubernatorial Campaign (June 1999 February 2001)

Special Qualifications:

In addition to meeting all of the required qualifications to apply for the Zone 4 City Council vacancy, my special qualifications make me a good fit to join the Council as well. Born in Springfield and raised in Republic, Springfield is my hometown. After graduation from Drury University, my career took me to St. Louis for just over a decade. While living in St. Louis. I knew I would return home to Springfield where my family lived and where I visited every month. Upon moving back in 2011, I was excited to join my community and begin working to make Springfield even better. With a thriving downtown, businesses growing, farmers markets springing up, Springfield began to embrace its local and unique Queen City charm. I was excited to continue my career in non-profit and public service in my home town. I began running a program to enable children to eat local produce while bolstering our local economy and buying directly from our local farmers and businesses. From running a program, I have grown into a role focused on facilitation, leadership and technical assistance around bringing partners together to positively affect change while using collective resources. With a background in fundraising, grant writing, marketing, public relations and political campaigns, I hope to bring my passion for bettering our community to the City Council. I currently reside in the Southern Hills neighborhood. It is an ideal place to own a home with access to the Greenways trail, Seguiota Park, and walking distance to the elementary school where my son attends middle school. I also have the pleasure of working with my community on issues of importance throughout our city specifically around food access, nutrition, economic development and supporting all things local. Should I be selected to join the dedicated group of Council members. I will be open to new ideas, even and measured in judgment and above all be a good listener that is able to make difficult decisions. I look forward to this opportunity.

Educational Background:

Received a Bachelor of Arts from Drury University (College) in 1998 majoring in Political Science with a focus on Global Studies and Religion. Graduated Republic High School, 1995.

Community Activities and Offices Held:

Current Chair of the Community Partnership of the Ozarks' Food Collaborative and sit on the Community Partnership of the Ozarks' Council of Collaboratives; Current Vice­President of the Board of Directors at Farmers Market of the Ozarks; Current member of the Drew Lewis Foundation's Board of Directors; Current member of Springfield Community Gardens Community Advisory Board; Current member of the Springfield Public Schools Farm to School Leadership Team; Current member of the statewide Missouri Coalition for Activity and Nutrition (MOCAN); Former Chair of the MOCAN Food Systems Workgroup; Former member of the Missouri State University Dietetic Internship Program Advisory Board.

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Background: The process for filling a vacant seat is outlined in the City Charter Section 2.5. According to City Clerk Anita Cotter, City Council will appoint an individual to serve until the April 2, 2019 election.


  • Must be a registered voter in the City of Springfield
  • Must have been a resident of the City of Springfield for at least two years prior to appointment
  • Must have been a resident of Zone 4 for at least one year immediately prior to appointment
  • Must not be disqualified under state law RsMO 115.306.1 (Felony Conviction)
  • Must not be disqualified under state law RsMO 115.306.2(I) (Delinquent Taxes)
  • Must have completed and filed Missouri Department of Revenue form 5120 per state law RsMO 115.306(2).

For more information, contact Anita Cotter, City Clerk, at 417-864-1651 or [email protected]. or Cora Scott, Director of Public Information & Civic Engagement, at 417-380-3352 or [email protected].

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