Public Information & Civic Engagement

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    Springfield Fire Marshals investigate fatal fire

    Springfield Fire Marshals are investigating a fire that occurred on the 700 block of East Morningside, resulting in the death of one man. Read on...
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    Police Department completes annual report

    The Springfield Police Department has completed an annual report that highlights the department activities over the last 12 months that resulted in the decreased level of crime, as reported in the Uniform Crime Report, Read on...
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    Betty and Bobby Allison, Kim Reser honored by Missouri Park and Recreation Association

    Statewide awards highlight service to Springfield-area youth, sports and recreation
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    Arrest made, charges filed in weekend shooting

    Kelly R. Brooks, Jr., 32, of Springfield, has been charged with one count of first-degree assault, two counts of armed criminal action and one count of unlawful use of a weapon. His bond is set at $75,000. Read on...
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    Springfield Fire Department honors 2014's Firefighter and Fire Officer of the Year

    Springfield Fire Personnel were honored for their exemplary achievements during an awards ceremony Wednesday evening. Read on...
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    Rally to support Officer Aaron Pearson moved to Historic Fox Theatre

    Please join the City of Springfield for a rally in support of Officer Aaron Pearson at 6:30 p.m. Friday at the Historic Fox Theatre on Park Central Square. Read on...
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    Adoptable pit bull and pit bull mix dogs to be sent to rescue partners on trial basis

    As a result of a request from Springfield City Council, the Springfield-Greene County Health Department will begin partnering with local animal rescues to avoid euthanizing adoptable pit bull and pit bull mix dogs. Read on...
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    Neighborhood Watch training session scheduled

    The Springfield Police Department will be conducting a Neighborhood Watch training session on Thursday, Feb. 26. The session will be held at 6 p.m. at the Springfield Regional Police and Fire Training Center, 2620 W. Battlefield. Read on...
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    SPD recognizes promotions and honors award recipients

    The Springfield Police Department hosted a combined awards and promotions ceremony for citizens and SPD staff Feb. 23 at the Springfield Regional Police and Fire Training Center, 2620 W. Battlefield. Read on...
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    Application process to fill Zone 1 Council seat opens

    City Council adopted a proposed timeline from City Manager Greg Burris outlining the deadlines for steps to refill the Zone 1 City Council seat vacated by Jeff Seifried. Read on...
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    Police identify bodies recovered in house fire

    The Springfield Police Department continues to investigate the suspicious nature of three deaths that occurred yesterday at 2246 N. Roosevelt. Read on...
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    Three deaths being investigated in house fire

    The Springfield Police Department is investigating the suspicious deaths of three adults where a house fire occurred this morning at 2246 N. Roosevelt. Read on...
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    Police release initial details of officer-involved shooting investigation

    At 10:07 p.m. on Feb. 17, the Springfield Police Department was dispatched to a “check person” 911 call in the 1900 block of West Division Street. Read on...
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    Public Works releases February safety message

    Whether by vehicle, foot, bicycle, skateboard, scooter or wheelchair, Springfield city streets now serve all modes of transportation. Crosswalk safety is the topic of February's Traffic Safety Message. Read on...
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    Springfield Fire Department hosts media day

    Members of the media are invited to joins the Springfield Fire Department for live demonstrations, hands on activities and frank discussions during a Media Day. Read on...
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    City Council determines timeline to fill Zone 1 vacancy; Jerry Compton sworn in as Mayor Pro Tem

    City Council adopted a proposed timeline from City Manager Greg Burris outlining the deadlines for steps to refill the Zone 1 City Council seat vacated by Jeff Seifried. Read on...
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    Springfield Bomb Squad investigates grenade found at gas station

    The Springfield Regional Bomb Squad is looking into who might have left a grenade in the parking lot of a Springfield gas station overnight. Read on...
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    Police identify deceased person found yesterday

    The Springfield Police Department responded to the area of Fremont and Erie at 7:51 a.m. on Feb. 15 to check a person. Read on...
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    Police identify double homicide victims

    The Springfield Police Department is currently investigating a double homicide. At 11:57 a.m. today, officers were dispatched to a 911 call from neighbors of the residence at 752 S. Newton. Read on...
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    Update on recovering SPD Officer Aaron Pearson

    We are encouraged to see the amount of progress Aaron has made over the past 17 days, and we are looking forward to the day when we can welcome him home to Springfield. Read on...
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    Monthly sales tax revenue down

    The City of Springfield's February one-percent general sales tax check from the Missouri Department of Revenue is down 5.7% compared to what was budgeted. Read on...
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    Fatality crash

    At 1:01 a.m. on Feb. 10, the Springfield Police Department was dispatched to an injury crash near Battlefield and Campbell. Read on...
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    Mayor Pro Tem Jeff Seifried resigns Council; plans move to Branson

    Mayor Pro Tem and Zone 1 Councilman Jeff Seifried resigned during Monday night’s City Council meeting, citing a job opportunity outside of Springfield. Read on...
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    Missouri Career Center to host five hiring events over next week and a half

    The Missouri Career Center-Ozark Region will host five hiring events over the next week and a half at its location at 2900 E. Sunshine. Read on...
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    Mark your calendar for fifth annual Birthplace of Route 66 Festival Aug. 14-16

    Join us in downtown Springfield Aug. 14-16 for the fifth annual Birthplace of Route 66 Festival. This year's festival promises to be the best yet with an expanded two-day car show and new events such as a parade, a motorcycle show and a cruise-in party. Read on...
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    Springfield firefighters encourage residents to heat homes safely this winter

    Despite the warmer temperatures, in the last week, Springfield Fire crews have responded to 5 fires caused by home heating. Read on...
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    Springfield Art Museum launches online collection

    The Springfield Art Museum today launched online access to its art collection database at www.sgfmuseum.org. Read on...
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    Newly created Springfield Homeless Court Program offers fresh start

    Modeled after the first homeless court program in the nation, created in San Diego in 1989, Springfield’s Homeless Court convenes at 6:30 p.m. on the first Tuesday of each month in a conference room at The Kitchen, 1630 N. Jefferson. Read on...
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    Tickets now on sale for Playin' & Prayin' for 1641 benefit concert for injured police officer

    Tickets are now on sale for the Playin' & Prayin' for 1641 benefit concert to raise money to help Springfield Police Officer Aaron Pearson and his family with their long-term expenses. Read on...
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    City, County leaders update Council and Commission on urgent stormwater issues

    City Manager Greg Burris and Greene County Administrator Chris Coulter dove right into urgent stormwater management issues at a joint meeting of Springfield City Council and the Greene County Commission today. Read on...
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    Fatality crash

    At 9:39 p.m. on Jan. 31, the Springfield Police Department was dispatched to an injury crash near Atlantic and Boonville. Read on...
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    Springfield-Greene Co. 911 Emergency Communications fields 490,143 total calls in 2014

    In 2014, the Springfield-Greene County 911 Emergency Communications department averaged more than 20,500 9-1-1 calls per month with nearly 80% from mobile devices, says Director Zim Schwartze. Read on...
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    Green Building Task Force recommends program to finance energy conservation improvements

    The Springfield Greene-County Green Building Task Force presented its recommendations to City Council and the Greene County Commission at a joint meeting Jan. 27 at noon at the Greene County Archives & Election Center. Read on...
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    Park Board, CU and City Council agree to Chesterfield water tank and three park lease extensions

    City Council approves 50-year leases at Lake Springfield, Valley Water Mill and Dan Kinney parks
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    Springfield Police Department releases Quarterly Public Safety Report

    The fourth quarter of 2014 saw an overall decrease in crime by 4 percent. This is in comparison to the crime statistics of October through December of 2013, and it is shown in the Springfield Police Department’s latest Quarterly Public Safety Report. Read on...
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    Public Works to complete several intersection improvement projects in 2015

    Springfield’s Public Works department provided a quarterly projects update at today’s Council Lunch meeting. Read on...
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    Task force report outlines City and County challenges

    A task force consisting of City of Springfield and Greene County staff worked for the past 18 months to identify challenges facing both governmental entities and reported them to City Council and the Greene County Commission, Dec. 9. Read on...
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    City Jobs

    The City of Springfield offers challenging employment opportunities to people interested in careers in public service at the municipal level. View job openings.
Mission Statement
We are committed to working with the community by providing timely and accessible city information using all relevant communication technologies to empower citizens and staff to participate in open and transparent government.

Purpose
The Department of Public Information provides information to the general public and media, and serves as a departmental resource to the community. Public Information also works with other city departments to plan special events, news releases, develop web site material, brochures, videos, and other informational materials about city government.

Services to the Community
  • CityView - Original programming related to city events, news, and issues, streamed online and broadcasts via Mediacom cable and AT&T Uverse; also broadcasts a rotating informational bulletin board.
  • Frequently Requested Contact Information - An online database of information to assist citizens in their search for city, county and state phone numbers.
  • News Releases - News releases announcing city events and issues sent to local media help provide information to the public.
  • Other Services include print pieces such as brochures and signage, citizen and employee surveys, and general information assistance.
  • Partners in Education (PIE) - Partnering with local schools, this program offers interaction between school children, teachers, and city officials, and helps teach young people about city government. By exposing children to local government at an early age they can grow up knowing about the services provided by the city and how each citizen can make a contribution to his or her community. Classroom materials, speakers, and special events are offered throughout the year, with a special emphasis for third grade students.
  • Service Requests - One of the department's most visible services, this program helps provide service or address problems by working with citizens, other city departments, and city council members to make citizens aware of action the city may be taking related to the request. Call 417-864-1011 for assistance. The Service Request Division also maintains the Citizen's Service Packet, a packet of information helpful to citizens with questions and concerns.
  • Special Events - The City of Springfield sponsors or cooperates in planning many special events, including ribbon cuttings and groundbreakings, legislative functions and community outreaches. The PIO assists city departments in planning special events, as well as in coordinating their promotions. The intent is for neighborhoods, civic organizations, and private individuals to have access to all the opportunities available from the city.
  • The SCENE - This award-winning monthly newsletter for employees and retirees of the City of Springfield provides benefit information, features on city employees, and information about city events.
  • Tours - Schools, businesses, and other interested groups may schedule tours of City Hall, the Busch Municipal Building, and other city facilities by calling 417-864-1010.
  • Website - The city's official website provides information, applications, forms, and interactive features such as maps.
Department Fast Facts
  • Employs about 12 people
  • Has an annual budget of about $800,000