FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Springfield City Council is seeking a dynamic, personable and seasoned city manager, and is seeking public input over the next several weeks while they select and interview candidates. The community will have the opportunity to meet the finalists and provide additional input over the next few months, with the goal of having a new city manager in place by July.
“Whether you live or work in Springfield or you are employed by the City of Springfield organization, the selection of a new city manager should be important to you,” says Mayor Ken McClure. “We want to know what you think.”
The City hired Strategic Government Resources (SGR) earlier this year to assist City Council with candidate recruitment and screening. The application deadline was March 30 and an initial review of applicants is under way.
To tell City Council what you want to see in the new city manager, message the City on Facebook or Twitter at CityofSGF, take this survey, available at springfieldmo.gov/nextCM or email your feedback to [email protected].
All information received via social media will be sent to the City Council.
About Springfield’s form of government
Springfield operates under the council-manager system of governance. The City has eight council members, each elected for four-year terms on a non-partisan basis, and a mayor elected for a two-year term. The city manager, appointed by the council as the City's chief executive and administrative officer, enforces the laws as required by the City’s charter. According to McClure, appointing a city manager is one of the most important actions council members can undertake.
The presiding officer at council meetings is the mayor. The City has an annual operating budget of $334 million and 1,840 full-time employees.
“We believe the process of selecting the next city manager should be conducted with full transparency and continuous citizen input. The citizens’ interests should always be front of mind,” McClure said.
The new city manager will work with council to ensure the City meets these primary goals through several strategic initiatives and projects:
- Implement the 2017 Level Property Tax Plan approved by voters in November 2017 and focus on City Council’s priorities of public safety, economic vitality and fiscal stability/sustainability.
- Establish new economic development strategies, analyze the use of incentives, workforce development, annexation, growth management, and zoning eﬃciencies.
- Analyze revenue opportunities and expand revenue options.
- Initiate a pay and compensation analysis study including strategies to address recruitment and retention.
- Continue all strategic planning eﬀorts, and update the Comprehensive Plan.
- Continue to build relationships with staﬀ, community, and regional partners.
- Support the Chamber of Commerce Visioning Plan and objectives.
- Develop initiatives to address socio-economic issues such as homelessness, blight, poverty, housing, and neighborhood issues.
- Expand traﬃc management strategies including transit options, a thoroughfare plan, more trails, bikeways, and road infrastructure.
- Continue to implement the stormwater master plan, and look for creative means to fund more infrastructure, improve City facilities, and analyze feasibility of a convention center.
- Manage environmental mandates.
- Other objectives as defined by City Council.
For more information, please contact: Director of Public Information & Civic Engagement Cora Scott, 417-864-1009 (office), 417-380-3352 (cell) or [email protected].