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Springfield Welcomes Newest Council Member, Fills Zone 1 Seat

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Phyllis Ferguson has been chosen to serve on the Zone 1 seat for Springfield City Council. The decision came following a special council meeting Tuesday in which Ferguson, along with four other applicants, were interviewed.

Ferguson, a Springfield resident for 38 years, is the CEO and treasurer for Mexican Villa Food Products, Inc. She had previously worked for Mercy and Heer’s department store.

Additionally, Ferguson is a member of the Springfield-Greene County ParkBoard, and past member of the Planning & Zoning Commission, the Commercial Street Task Force and the Sign Ordinance Review Task Force.

She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Missouri State University.

According to a news release, her other community activities and offices held include the Neighborhood Advisory Council as the chair of its Positive Action Committee; the Woodland Heights Neighborhood Association as a board member and president; Moon City Creative District developer; Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) volunteer, board member and co-director; and Missouri Preservation southwest Missouri representative.

Ferguson’s appointment marks the fifth new person to join City Council this month, after voters in the April 7 election selected four new candidates.

Zone 1 is located in the northwest quadrant of the city. It was recently vacated by Jeff Seifried after he moved to Branson. 

Scott joined KSMU in November 2012. He had previously served five years as news director for KETR-FM, the public radio station in Commerce, Texas. A graduate of Northwest Missouri State University in Maryville, Scott enjoys producing human-interest stories, among other pieces that educate and engage the community. When not at work, he’s often taking part in outdoor activities, exploring new areas and restaurants, or staying up-to-date with the latest news and information. Scott was born and raised in Shenandoah, Iowa.
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