Springfield’s deputy city manager says he’ll retire in December. Tim Smith joined the city in June 2014 after six years as Greene County administrator and over 20 total years with the county.
The city says Smith’s key duties have included completion of an integrated plan proposal for meeting environmental standards and providing direction to various departments, including Building Development, Public Works and Human Resources.
City Manager Greg Burris said in a statement “From the first day that Tim joined our team, he has been a vital part of the culture of leadership we’ve been developing at the City. He exemplifies professionalism, empathy and leadership. And, as if that wasn’t enough, Tim is the model public servant – he works hard, does quality work, and truly cares about people. Tim should feel proud of the work he’s accomplished at both the County and the City; he’s made a difference in many peoples’ lives.”
Burris said that after a short hiatus, Smith will return to the city to help complete some key projects. “I’m extremely thankful for Tim’s willingness to return next year as a part-time employee to move a number of his projects forward. The city will be better for it.”
The city says a search for a new deputy city manager will begin soon.
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