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Springfield Names New Planning and Development Director


Springfield has named its next director of planning and development.  Mary Lily Smith will take over the job January 26th

Smith, who is currently Springfield’s economic director, has worked for the city for 32 years.   She was principal planner in the Neighborhood Conservation Office and was responsible for the city’s Capital Improvements Program.

She says she intends to continue the “good work” of Springfield’s former planning directors, including Ralph Rognstad (RAWN-stad) who just announced his retirement.  She also says she’ll focus on the department’s core functions of facilitating development, revitalizing neighborhoods and increasing investment and jobs for the community.

In a news release, Springfield city manager, Greg Burris,  says, “Mary is an incredible asset to the City and to our entire community.  We are excited for her to step into this expanded role and continue efforts to improve Springfield’s reputation as a great place to live and work.”

Her base salary will be $111,945.

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