Local Government

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


Municipal Election 2015
6:42 am
Fri January 23, 2015

Reed Takes on Incumbent Stephens for Springfield Mayor

Stephens launched his campaign for mayor Wednesday inside The Old Glass Place
Credit Scott Harvey / KSMU

Tuesday’s deadline to submit application materials for the Springfield City Council has come and gone, setting the stage for four separate challenges on the April ballot.

Bob Stephens says he’ll be focusing on the economy, public safety and infrastructure over the next two plus months in his quest for reelection as the city’s mayor.

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Eye on the Community
12:08 pm
Wed January 14, 2015

City of Springfield Looking for Citizen Volunteers

Springfield Art Museum Board of Directors at a Recent Meeting
Credit Springfield Art Museum

Are you looking for a way to make a difference? The City of Springfield has put out a call for volunteers to serve on several boards and committees. KSMU’s Michele Skalicky talked with the city’s mayor and has more.

Applications are currently being accepted for openings on several citizen groups in the city.  There are openings on the Planning and Zoning Commission, the Landmarks Board, the Traffic Advisory Board, the Art Museum Board, the Citizens Advisory Board for Community Development and the Citizens Sales Tax Oversight Committee. 

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5:30 pm
Wed January 7, 2015

Springfield Clerk Will Transition to New Role in March, Retire in August

Brenda Cirtin
Credit www.parkboard.org / Springfield-Greene County Park Board

Springfield’s city clerk says she’ll retire this August. Brenda Cirtin and the City Council have agreed upon a transition plan that includes appointing current assistant city clerk Anita Cotter as acting city clerk.

Cotter’s status is effective March 16, at which time the city says Cirtin will become city clerk emeritus and work on special projects to benefit the city.

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Eye on the Community
6:28 am
Wed January 7, 2015

Council Receives Updates on Republic Road Widening, Intersection Improvements

Credit theconstructionline.com

Springfield City Council on Tuesday received updates on a range of transportation projects, including multi-million dollar initiatives at Battlefield and 65 and along Republic Road.

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Eye on the Community
4:30 pm
Tue January 6, 2015

Outgoing Springfield City Council Member Talks About What it's Like to Serve

Springfield City Hall
Credit springfieldmo.gov

There’s still time—though not a lot—for anyone interested in running for Springfield City Council to gather signatures and submit a petition and application.  The deadline is January 20th.  KSMU’s Michele Skalicky sat down with current Springfield City Council member, Doug Burlison, to find out what it’s like to serve on council and to get advice for those thinking about running.

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