Local Government

News covering policy and issues related to city and county governments in the Ozarks.


Eye on the Community
5:51 pm
Tue December 9, 2014

Jail Space, Stormwater Funding Among Task Force Concerns

Springfield Mayor Bob Stephens called for the creation of the city and county task force in summer 2013.
Credit Scott Harvey / KSMU

A task force consisting of City of Springfield and Greene County staff have compiled a list of challenges facing both governmental entities. The findings come after 18 months of work by officials, and were reported to the council and Greene County commission today.

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Police and Courts
12:24 pm
Sun December 7, 2014

Device in Downtown Labeled Hazardous by Springfield Bomb Squad

Park Central Square in downtown Springfield
Credit KSMU archives

The Springfield Fire Department Bomb Squad says that a suspicious looking object at Park Central Square on Saturday has been removed from the area and rendered safe.

According to a news release from the city, passersby noticed the object around 9:00 pm. Saturday. They notified a police officer who then contacted the Springfield Fire Department Bomb Squad.

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Municipal Election
12:28 pm
Fri December 5, 2014

Councilman to Offer Advice to Potential Candidates

Historic Springfield City Hall
Credit springfieldmo.gov / Flickr

Running for office can be a bit daunting, especially if you’ve never done it before.  But potential Springfield City Council candidates can get help tomorrow (12/6) from current council member, Doug Burlison.  He plans to hold an informal Q & A session for anyone planning to try for a seat on council in the April municipal election.  Burlison does not plan to run for re-election.

The session is set for 2:30 to 4:30 at the Midtown Carnegie Branch Library.

So far, four people have turned in their applications.  Len Eagleburger and Kristi Fulnecky will run for Council Seat C, Bob Stephens will run to keep his mayoral seat and Justin Burnett and Buckley Van Hooser will try for the Zone Two council seat.  According to Springfield city clerk, Brenda Cirtin, all of them except Burnett have been certified. 

Filing opened December 2nd for five open council seats:  mayor, General Seats C and D and Zones 2 and 3.

The deadline for submitting an application to the city clerk’s office is January 20, 2015.

Eye on the Community
8:17 am
Tue December 2, 2014

Filing is Underway for Springfield City Council Seats

Springfield City Hall
Credit springfieldmo.gov

Three candidates for Springfield City Council have been certified by the city clerk’s office.  Buckley “Buck” Van Hooser will run for Springfield City Council Zone 2, Bob Stephens will run again for mayor and Kristi Fulnecky will try for General Seat C.

Filing for five open city council seats began Tuesday.

Council seats on the April ballot are:  mayor (Bob Stephens), General Seat C (Doug Burlison), General Seat D (Mike Carroll), Zone 2 (Cindy Rushefsky) and Zone 3 (Jerry Compton).

City clerk, Brenda Cirtin, says council elections are held every other year.

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