Mayor Bob Stephens

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

Bob Stephens
KSMU archives

Springfield Mayor Bob Stephens used his final State of the City address to discuss the ongoing dispute concerning the county jail.

Stephens spoke Thursday morning before some 300 people at Arch of the Ozarks, part of the chamber’s Good Morning Springfield! monthly gathering. He said beginning this week municipal prisoners can be housed in either Miller or Taney counties.

Scott Harvey / KSMU

Springfield Mayor Bob Stephens says injuries sustained by a police officer following a recent assault could have been prevented were it not for the gridlock over housing municipal prisoners in the county jail.

City of Springfield

One day after submitting his letter of resignation from Springfield City Council, Justin Burnett decided to stay.  KSMU Michele Skalicky has more.

The Zone 2 councilman rescinded his resignation Friday after reconsidering based on reactions from constituents.  City attorney, Dan Wichmer, said the resignation could be rescinded prior to the effective date, which in this case would have been 11:59 Friday night.

KSMU Archives

The American Civil Liberties Union of Missouri is awaiting a reply from the city of Springfield after filing suit against them last month on its indecent exposure ordinance. Since then, there’s been much talk about the suit, and controversy has emerged within the city council. We wrote about how the ordinance was being interpreted last month. Now, here’s a briefing on the lawsuit itself.