Greene County Commission

The city of Springfield has declined a Greene County Commission proposal to pay $1 million a year for a temporary jail facility.   


The Greene County Commission has answered the City of Springfield’s questions regarding the proposed temporary jail.  The city is being asked to contribute $1 million for three years toward the facility.

The commission said in a letter the jail issue can’t be worked out until city officials drop their lawsuit against the county.

One question the city asked was “What assurances will the Greene County Commission offer to the Springfield City Council that any written agreement signed by the County Commission can and will be honored by the Greene County Sheriff?”

Greene County, MO

Greene County Presiding Commissioner may soon regret issuing a recent challenge, but he’s still glad he did it.  Bob Cirtin says he’ll have someone—possibly Greene County Sheriff Jim Arnott—shave his head if the county’s employee participation in the annual United Way campaign doubles from last year.  Eighteen percent of employees gave last year, so that would have to increase to 36 percent.

Cirtin says he made the challenge because, when he took office at the beginning of the year, one of his main goals was “to spark a new kind of employee involvement in the county.” 

Mayor Bob Stephens
City of Springfield

Springfield Mayor Bob Stephens today said that the city council will consider possible litigation against Greene County after the two sides have failed to reach an agreement over the jailing of municipal prisoners.

Stephens was joined by a coalition of mayors within the county. He said the council will meet to discuss the issue in closed session on Monday.

City of Springfield

Officials from Springfield and Greene County examined various sales tax and fee options Tuesday as a potential solution to address stormwater funding shortages. 

The topic of the council’s weekly lunch meeting came on the heels of a December report by the Joint City-County Planning Task Force that said stormwater is one of three major issues facing both entities that require immediate action.

The Challenge