City of Branson

City of Branson

Branson has a new city administrator.  The city’s Board of Aldermen voted to promote Branson police chief, Stanley Dobbins, to the position effective January 1.

Dobbins has served as interim city administrator and police chief since May 24, after the departure of former city administrator William Malinen.

Branson Mayor Karen Best says the board of aldermen chose Dobbins because of “the excellent leadership skills he exhibited” while serving in the dual roles. She says he knows the community’s goals and can hit the ground running.

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As Branson continues cleanup after major weekend flooding, officials there say things have for the most part returned to normal.

Ted Martin is Branson’s fire chief and emergency management director. He says the flooding, which comes as tourism season is starting to pick up, has not stopped the city from doing its normal business.


Crews continue digging trenches along Branson’s Highway 76 strip to make space for water and power lines.

The latest stage in the 8-year, $80 million renovation project now includes utility work between Ellen and Francis streets.

Phase 1A of the project now extends a half-mile between Presley’s Country Jubilee and Ripley’s Believe it or Not.

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A vacant Branson Board of Alderman seat has been filled by a Branson performer. 

This week, the sitting Board of Alderman voted 4 to 1 for Kirsten Hart to fill the seat of former Ward II Alderman Patrick Parnell who retired last month.

Hart is an author, speaker and singer who relocated to Branson seven years ago from Colorado Springs, Colorado.

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The city of Branson’s environmental specialist wants you to know that much of your holiday trash can be recycled.

Mona Menezes says things that can be recycled include:  cardboard boxes, packaging, wrapping paper and tissue paper with the exception of anything shiny or foil; catalogues, greeting cards, envelopes and any other kind of clean, dry paper; tin cans, glass jars and bottles and aluminum cans (no need to remove labels) and all kinds of plastic.

Branson’s full-service recycle center is located at 601 Compton Drive and is open 24/7.