FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
City Manager Jason Gage has named two deputy city managers: current assistant city manager Collin Quigley, and a newcomer to Springfield, Maurice Scott Jones. Quigley will be promoted and transition into the new role, effective Dec. 9 and Jones will join the City Jan. 28, 2019.
Gage plans to reorganize the 1800-employee City of Springfield organization slightly, asking Quigley to take on additional responsibilities for finance and the budget process, and more evenly dividing the departmental reports between two deputies. Gage will not fill an assistant city manager position, so no new positions are being added.
Gage, who became the City’s chief executive in August, will continue to directly oversee the departments of law, human resources and public information & civic engagement, with the remaining departments reporting to Quigley and Jones. “Solid organizational leadership means getting the best persons on the bus and in the right seats. I think we have done that,” Gage said. “Collin is a proven professional who can guide his departments into the future. Maurice is new to Springfield and brings with him a track record of success. Together, these two individuals will help me fulfill the goals of the City Council, lead this organization to best in class status, and continue to allow the City to be a positive force for community betterment!”
Collin Quigley joined the City of Springfield as assistant city manager in 2007 after serving as chief executive in both Ozark and Kimberling City. Recent accomplishments include leading efforts to develop a detailed plan for the Level Property Tax funds and leading the creation of the City’s continuity of operations plan. He will continue leading the public safety departments, as well as departments providing a variety of administrative functions. Direct reports will include the Airport, 911 - Emergency Communications, Finance, Fire, Health, Information Systems, Municipal Court, Police and Risk Management. Quigley has a Bachelor of Science degree in Public Administration & Government from Evangel University and a Master of Public Administration from the University of Kansas. He is a credentialed manager with the International City Managers’ Association.
“I am honored to move into the Deputy City Manager role, where I will continue to work with the City Manager to implement the goals and vision of City Council with efficient operations of municipal services,” Quigley said. “I am proud to work alongside so many dedicated and talented city employees that strive every day to deliver the highest level of service to our citizens and visitors.”
Maurice Scott Jones will fill the position vacated by former deputy city manager Tim Smith. Jones comes to Springfield from Dubuque, Iowa, where he currently serves as the economic development director for the City of Dubuque. He has 20 years of experience working to revitalize diverse urban cities, addressing growth obstacles facing rural communities and a track record of leveraging private and public partnerships to support vital projects. While in Dubuque he led a $20 million economic development budget and provided significant coordination and interaction with community groups, private not-for-profit organizations, other City departments, businesses and citizens.
Prior to joining the City of Dubuque, he was a managing partner leading the economic development functions of a private sector Chicago firm, Paratus Scientia, LLC from 2010 to 2013 and served as Bureau Chief for the Bureau of Community Development Director and Director of Planning & Development for Cook County Government, Chicago, Illinois. In his tenure there, he grew the department’s federal funding from $17 million to over $200 million dollars and acted as a liaison to more than 129 separate municipalities and government bodies.
Jones has also done extensive equity and inclusion work, including being a member of Inclusive Dubuque, a peer-learning network of partners committed to creating an informed, equitable and inclusive community where are people are respected, valued and engaged.
Jones will oversee seven departments, including the Art Museum, Building Development Services, Environmental Services, Parks, Planning & Development, Public Works and Workforce Development. He completed his Bachelor of Science degree in Political Science and coursework toward a Masters of Public Administration degree at University of Louisville.
“I am very excited about the opportunity of joining such a dynamic leadership team in such a vibrant city,” Jones said. “As our community evolves and grows, I want to be an integral part of creating an environment where the citizens of Springfield can thrive. I’m looking forward to engaging with the community and contributing to a synergy that propels us forward.”
Quigley’s salary will be $160,000. Jones’ salary will be $155,000.
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To arrange interviews with Collin Quigley and Maurice Scott Jones, please contact Cora Scott, Director of Public Information & Civic Engagement, at 417-380-3352 or [email protected].