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New Springfield City Council Member Chosen

Final Council Seat Goes to ComptonThe city of Springfield has seen several changes of leadership over the past few weeks: a new mayor and several new faces on city council. Now, there's one more new face helping lead the city.KSMU’s Erika Brame was at last night’s Springfield City Council meeting and files this report.

“I’m standing outside the City Council chambers where they are continuing on with their Monday night meeting. Jerome Compton was named Zone three Councilman earlier on this evening. And will take his position in two weeks." “Well I’m very honored to be selected to represent. Mr. Manley has some big shoes to fill. He was a very dedicated servant,” he said.

Jerome Compton replaces former councilman Ralph Manley, who resigned unexpectedly from Council last month, leaving an empty seat. Compton previously served on the Zoning and Planning Board for six and a half years.He says he brings a lot of his zoning experience to the new council.

“I can compare Springfield with a lot of other communities and see what are the trends. What’s worked well and how we might be able to do a few things better," he said.Compton will serve the remainder of Manley's term, which will end in 2011.For KSMU News I’m Erika Brame.