Local Government

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City of Springfield

Greene County Highway Administrator Dan Smith will take over as Public Works director for the City of Springfield on Dec. 1.

The city announced Smith’s hire on Monday. He was among three finalists for the position to replace former director Phil Broyles, who passed away earlier this year. Kirk Juranas and Jonathan Gano have served as interim co-directors of the department.

Christopher Akins, City of Springfield

The first three quarters of 2014 produced improved crash numbers for the City of Springfield. But as KSMU’s Briana Simmons reports, high traffic volume coupled with distracted driving continues to be a dangerous mix.

Springfield intersections with the highest traffic volume and crash rates are Battlefield Rd. & Campbell Ave, Battlefield Rd. & National Ave, Campbell Ave & Sunshine St., and National Ave & Sunshine St. 

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Citizens seeking to put a controversial Springfield ordinance to a public vote are continuing circulation of a petition, a week after the city council amended its non-discrimination law. KSMU’s Bailey Wiles has the latest.

Shortly after Springfield City Council approved the stronger of two proposed amendments enhancing protections for LGBT persons, Dicky Hardy set out to repeal it.

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If you’re interested in running for Springfield City Council, you may pick up an application and petition for filing today.  The election will be held in April, 2015.

Information for filing will be available online and at the City Clerk’s office beginning at 8 this morning, but you need to pick up petitions for filing in person.

These seats are up for election:

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Those who fought for a non-discrimination ordinance to protect the rights of the LGBT community in Springfield are happy their efforts  paid off.  City Council passed the stronger of two ordinances before it Monday night.  KSMU’s Michele Skalicky has more.

City Council passed the bill on a vote of six to three.  It expands protections in the areas of housing, employment and public accommodations.


Springfield City Council voted six to three Monday night to expand protections to the LGBT community with regard to sexual orientation and gender identity in the areas of housing, employment and public accommodations.

The passing of the original bill automatically voided the substitute bill sponsored by Mayor Bob Stephens, which only offered housing protections. 


Springfield City Council could vote tonight on a non-discrimination ordinance expanding protections to the LGBT community.  Two bills will be up for consideration at the meeting. The stronger of the two would expand sexual orientation and gender identity in the areas of housing, employment and public accommodations.


The city of Springfield will be getting $67,000 from the Environmental Protection Agency.  It was named Friday as one of five communities nationwide to receive the technical assistance award from the EPA to help develop components of integrated plans for wastewater and stormwater management.

Scott Harvey / KSMU

The superintendent of the Assemblies of God is speaking out about the non-discrimination ordinance that Springfield City Council is scheduled to vote on Monday night. 

Springfield-Greene County Park Board

Springfield City Manager Greg Burris has called for a criminal probe to determine if any misconduct occurred at its Southwest Treatment Plant.

The request comes after review of the facts from a just concluded personnel investigation within the Environmental Services Department.

Scott Harvey / KSMU

A non-discrimination ordinance before Springfield City Council next week expanding protections to LGBT persons will now include a bathroom exception.

The city said Monday that council members Cindy Rushefsky and Craig Hosmer have requested the Law Department to craft an amendment to their bill, prohibiting the ordinance from applying to any facility that is “distinctly private in nature, such as restrooms, shower rooms, and dressing rooms.”

The revision, if approved, would prevent a person from claiming discrimination if prohibited from using these private facilities.

(Photo courtesy www.springfieldjazzfestival.com)

The 5th annual Springfield Jazz Festival will present a full evening-long jazz festival on two stages around Park Central Square in downtown Springfield, featuring various local artists along with nationally known headliner, trumpeter and jazz educator Bob Lark, performing with the Missouri Jazz Orchestra.  The date is Friday October 3rd, and it's FREE and open to the public.

Springfield Police Department

Two domestic violence investigators will be among the 10 new positions added to the Springfield Police Department.

Police Chief Paul Williams announced the details Tuesday, a day after the city was notified by the U.S. Department of Justice that it would receive federal grant funds to bring in 10 new positions.

Springfield City Hall

For KSMU I’m Mike Smith, and this segment of our Sense of Community Series looks at the boom of Baby Boomer retirements and its effect on the City of Springfield. 

More than 100 to Attend Century Farms Salute

Sep 24, 2014
MU Extension

Committed to preserving the state’s agricultural history, the University of Missouri Extension each year honors farms that have been in the same family for 100 years or more. This year, Greene County is hosting its first Salute to Century Farms event.