Local Government

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


Helping Others
2:31 pm
Wed February 25, 2015

Rally for Officer Pearson to Precede Playin' and Prayin' Concert

Friday's rally from Springfield's Park Central Square begins at 6:30 p.m.
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The city of Springfield is inviting citizens to attend a rally this Friday for injured police office Aaron Pearson.

Pearson, who was shot in the head last month, is undergoing treatment at the Sheppard Center in Atlanta, which specializes in spinal cord and brain injury.

The event will include a welcome by Mayor Bob Stephens; prayer and short service by Wesley United Methodist Church Pastor Scott Bailey-Kirk; song by contemporary Christian band Kutless; and a few words from Officer Pearson's father-in-law Tom Dempsey.

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Eye on the Community
2:34 pm
Mon February 23, 2015

Applications for Zone 1 Council Seat Now Open

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The application process is now open to fill the Zone 1 council seat in Springfield recently vacated by Jeff Seifried.

A link to apply for the position online was posted to the city’s website today. Interested citizens can also pick up an application from the city clerk’s office at 840 Boonville.

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Eye on the Community
1:56 pm
Tue February 17, 2015

Springfield Council to Begin Search for Vacant Post Monday

Springfield City Hall
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The city of Springfield will begin soliciting applications next week for the Zone 1 council seat recently vacated by Jeff Seifried.

City Council has adopted a proposed timeline from City Manager Greg Burris outlining the steps to fill the position.

Seifried, who had represented Zone 1 on the council and served as mayor pro tem since 2012, resigned his post last week after accepting a job in Branson.

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8:56 pm
Mon February 9, 2015

Springfield Councilman Seifried Will Step Down, Move to Branson

Jeff Seifried will resign Friday.
Credit City of Springfield

Zone 1 councilman and Springfield Mayor Pro Tem Jeff Seifried will resign his post effective this Friday. He cited a job opportunity outside of the city.

Seifried thanked his fellow council members and city staff during Monday’s regular meeting.

Appointed to Zone 1 in February 2012, Seifried was elected as mayor pro tem in May of that year.

He’s served as the manager of regional development for the Springfield Area Chamber of Commerce since 2007.

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Eye on the Community
4:30 pm
Thu February 5, 2015

How Springfield, Greene County Aim to Fund Stormwater Mandates

The parks/stormwater sales tax sunset in 2012, leaving a gap in stormwater funding. Renewing the tax, which provided funding for water quality projects like at Doling Park (pictured), is one option before officials.
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

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