Local Government

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Chloe O'Neill

During a public hearing Tuesday night (1/8), representatives of 15 nonprofit organizations will tell Springfield City Council why they deserve a share of Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) and HOME Investment Partnerships Programs (HOME) funds.  Afterwards, the public will have the chance to speak.

Former Springfield City Councilman to be Honored

Dec 18, 2018

The City of Springfield is honoring a former councilman for his public service and commitment to equality.  According to a release from the city, Mayor Ken McClure will host a reception at 4 p.m. Friday, December 21, to honor Denny Whayne, the first African-American elected to Springfield City Council since its current form of government was adopted in 1953.  Whayne served as the Zone 1 representative for two four-year terms.

Gage Selects 2 Deputy City Managers

Dec 4, 2018
City of Springfield

New Springfield City Manager Jason Gage has selected two deputy city managers.

Current Assistant City Manager Collin Quigley will move into one of the deputy city manager roles on Dec. 9, according to a release from the ctiy. Quigley has been working as the assistant city manager of Springfield since 2007.  

Maurice Scott Jones is moving to Springfield from Dubuque, Iowa where he serves as the economic development director for that city. Jones will fill the other deputy city manager role on Jan. 28, 2019.


Former Springfield mayor and city councilman, Paul Redfearn has died.  Redfearn served as a Zone 4 Springfield City Council member from 1973 to 1977.  He was sworn in as mayor in 1979 and served until 1981. 

Redfearn was a longtime professor at (then) Southwest Missouri State University, now Missouri State University.  He taught biology from 1957 to 1988.