Springfield City Manager

Michele Skalicky

Jason Gage was chosen to take over the position of Springfield city manager from Greg Burris who retired.

Wednesday morning, a crowd gathered in the lobby of the Busch Municipal Building for his swearing in ceremony.

Springfield Mayor Ken McClure said Gage rose to the top of a very strong pool of applicants.

"We were so impressed as we went through the discussion process and the interview process with his grasp of the issues, the focus that he would have on the priorities set by city council," McClure said.

Greg Burris
Submitted Photo / City of Springfield

This week on Making Democracy Work, host Lisa Langley talks with Springfield City Manager, Greg Burris, whose is resigning at the end of the month.

Today’s discussion reflects on Burris’ legacy in office, as well as a glimpse forward into his next  role in civic engagement.

City of Springfield

Springfield has a new city manager.  Jason Gage will take the reins August 1, replacing outgoing City Manager Greg Burris, who resigned.

Springfield City Council made the announcement Friday afternoon.

Gage was offered a one-year contract with a base salary of $220,000, according to city officials.

Gage has been the City Manager of Salina, Kansas for 13 years. Before that, he held the same position in Stillwater, Oklahoma.

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The City of Springfield wants your input in deciding who to choose for the next city manager.

The public will have a chance to meet the finalists over the next few months and to give feedback, according to city officials.  The goal is to have a new city manager in place by July.

The city hired Strategic Government Resources earlier this year to help city council recruit and screen candidates.  The application deadline was March 30.  An initial review of applicants is underway.