Springfield City Council

Covering policy decisions, issues from Springfield City Council.

Dr. Thomas Prater
Drury Board of Governors / Drury University

Springfield City Council has chosen a new Zone 2 City Council representative, replacing Justin Burnett who resigned after moving out of that area.

Dr. Thomas Prater was selected from eight candidates at a special City Council meeting today.  Prater, who was born in Springfield, is an eye surgeon with Mattax-Neu-Prater Eye Center and has lived in Zone 2 for nine years.

He’ll serve on council until the certification of the April 4, 2017 election. The winner of that election will serve the remainder of the unexpired Zone 2 term through April 2019.

City of Springfield

A resolution passed by Springfield City Council asks the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau to address “potential deficiencies” in its proposed rule regarding pay day and car title loans.

Members of Southwest Missouri Faith Voices talked to council Monday night about the problems they say high interest loans cause people already living in poverty.

Busch Municipal Building
City of Springfield

Eight people have applied for the Zone 2 City Council seat left vacant after Justin Burnett resigned this month.  The filing deadline was last Friday.

City of Springfield

Springfield City Council will begin taking applications for the Zone 2 Council seat vacated by Justin Burnett this morning at 8. Applications will be accepted through 5 p.m. Sept. 16 unless City Council decides to extend the deadline. Council plans to review the applications and interview candidates at a Special City Council meeting at noon, Sept. 20, at the Springfield-Greene County Public Safety Center, 330 W. Scott St.

Justin Burnett
City of Springfield

Springfield Councilman Justin Burnett has resigned after moving out of City Council Zone 2 and into the southern part of the city.  

According to an email from the city, Mayor Bob Stephens responded to an email from Burnett, accepting his resignation, noting that he no longer meets the residency requirements to serve as Zone 2 Councilman.

This is the second time Burnett has resigned.  In January, the councilman submitted his resignation, citing health concerns.  He rescinded that resignation soon after.