Local Government

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


A Safer Community
4:26 pm
Tue September 30, 2014

Springfield PD Details Plans for New Officers, Council to Consider Federal Grant

Springfield Police Chief Paul Williams
Credit Springfield Police Department

Two domestic violence investigators will be among the 10 new positions added to the Springfield Police Department.

Police Chief Paul Williams announced the details Tuesday, a day after the city was notified by the U.S. Department of Justice that it would receive federal grant funds to bring in 10 new positions.

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Sense of Community
4:30 pm
Thu September 25, 2014

Baby Boomer Retirements Affect City Operations

Credit KSMU Archives

For KSMU I’m Mike Smith, and this segment of our Sense of Community Series looks at the boom of Baby Boomer retirements and its effect on the City of Springfield. 

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Ozarks Culture
4:36 pm
Wed September 24, 2014

More than 100 to Attend Century Farms Salute

Credit MU Extension

Committed to preserving the state’s agricultural history, the University of Missouri Extension each year honors farms that have been in the same family for 100 years or more. This year, Greene County is hosting its first Salute to Century Farms event.

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Labor and Income
5:33 pm
Thu September 18, 2014

Greene County Cites Worker Dedication, Successful Veto Session in Issuing Wage Hike

Greene County employees will receive a cost of living adjustment of three percent effective in October. The announcement on Thursday by the Greene County Commission marks the first salary adjustment for county staff in six years.

In a letter to employees, the commission noted that its fund balance is now at a level which allows for the pay raise. Credited was the advancement of its employee financial literacy goals and dedication and sacrifice of its workers.

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Eye on the Community
3:30 pm
Fri September 12, 2014

Springfield Council Confirms Oct. 13 Vote on Non-Discrimination Ordinance

The city opened two overflow rooms inside City Hall due to the abundance of speakers on the non-discrimination bill on Monday.
Credit Scott Harvey / KSMU

A vote on the City of Springfield’s non-discrimination ordinance will take place two weeks sooner than had been previously announced.

During public testimony on the bill this week, Mayor Bob Stephens said a vote by the council would take place Oct. 27. The city now says that vote will take place at its Oct. 13 meeting.

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