Public Information & Civic Engagement

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    SGF named 5th Best City to Get Married in WalletHub.com study

    To help couples find the most wedding-friendly destinations, WalletHub¹s analysts compared 150 of the biggest cities across 18 key indicators of a cost-effective, convenient and enjoyable occasion. Read on...
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    February sales tax revenue down 7% compared to budget; YTD revenues still up 3% over budget

    The City of Springfield's February 2016 1% general sales tax check from the Missouri Department of Revenue is down 7%, or $223,927, compared to the amount budgeted. Read on...
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    Springfield police investigate homicide on Republic Road

    Springfield police officers were dispatched to the parking lot of 1645 W. Republic at 10:01 p.m. on Feb. 5 after a 911 caller stated a person had been shot. Read on...
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    Police, partner agencies continue to assist individuals notified to vacate properties

    SPD and Community Partnership of the Ozarks’ One Door program continue to work together to assist individuals who were notified they need to move from three locations in the City not appropriate for camping, or trespassing. Read on...
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    Mayor to issue proclamation recognizing bravery of neighbors who pulled boy from burning home

    Mayor Bob Stephens will issue a proclamation at a fundraiser tonight recognizing the bravery of Springfieldians Theron Teeter, also known as Too Much, and Mike Wallace, for pulling 4-year-old Ben Garrison from his burning home. Read on...
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    City’s newest street sweeper reinforces water quality message

    The City’s newest street sweeper not only cleans streets, but acts as a high-impact mobile billboard to remind citizens of their role in keeping Ozarks waterways clean. Read on...
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    Public Works staff to host open house to discuss plans for Central Street relocation Feb. 4

    Public Works staff will host an open house to discuss plans for the relocation of Central Street near Ozarks Technical Community College 5-7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 4 at OTC's Information Commons West Building. Read on...
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    Ozarks workforce leaders to release state of the workforce survey results at Feb. 23 luncheon

    The Ozark Region Workforce Development Board, in partnership with the Missouri Job Center, will host the second annual MOmentum: State of the Workforce Luncheon on Tuesday, Feb. 23 at the White River Conference Center at Bass Pro, 600 W. Sunshine. Read on...
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    Report reveals risk of fire injury in Springfield

    A new report, released by the Springfield Fire Department, shows most victims are injured while trying to put out the fire themselves. Read on...
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    Springfield Police Department releases Quarterly Public Safety Report

    The fourth quarter of 2015 saw an overall increase in crime by 4.5 percent. This is in comparison to the crime statistics of October through December 2014, and it is shown in the Springfield Police Department’s latest Quarterly Public Safety Report. Read on...
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    Springfield-Greene County 911 telecommunicators field record call numbers in last 4 weeks

    Springfield-Greene County 911 telecommunicators have experienced a record number of calls and phone interactions in the four weeks since the flooding event on Dec. 26, 2015. Read on...
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    Springfield police captain retires after 22 years with department

    The commander of the Springfield Police Department’s Criminal Investigations Division, Captain David Millsap, will retire from the department on Jan. 25 after 22 years of service to the City of Springfield. Read on...
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    Bicyclist succumbs to injuries after Saturday crash

    The Springfield Police Department was dispatched to an injury crash near Catalpa and Scenic at 11:37 p.m. on Jan. 16. Read on...
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    Investigators look into cause of fire that claimed life of 4-year-old

    Four-year-old Ben Garrison passed away at 1:55 a.m. Friday. He sustained severe burns during a fire in his home on the 2100 block of West Lee Thursday afternoon.
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    Video looks back at 2015

    Video takes a visual look back at the events shaping Springfield in 2015 Read on...
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    Springfield house fires continue 10-year decline

    There were a total of 233 house fires in Springfield in 2015. Despite an overall decrease over the last 10 years, more work needs to be done to prevent fires. Read on...
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    City issues statement regarding former Southwest Treatment Plant employee

    Responding to media inquiries pointing to charges filed on Casenet, the City issues the following statement: The City of Springfield regrets that the actions of a former Southwest Treatment Plant employee have led to criminal charges. Read on...
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    City Finance Department receives budget presentation award

    For the eighth year in a row, the City of Springfield Finance Department has received the Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada (GFOA) Distinguished Budget Presentation award for its budget. Read on...
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    Springfield police investigate suspicious death

    Springfield police were dispatched to Franciscan Villa at 620 W. Scott Sunday night at approximately 10:46 p.m. after a 911 caller stated a gunshot was heard in a neighboring apartment. Read on...
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    Missouri Police Chiefs Association names SPD Chief Paul Williams 2015 Chief of the Year

    At its annual meeting in Jefferson City Dec. 10, the Missouri Police Chiefs Association (MPCA) presented Springfield Police Chief Paul Williams with the 2015 Missouri Police Chiefs Donald “Red” Loehr Chief of the Year Award. Read on...
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    City Council receives independent audit report

    The Springfield City Council received an “unmodified” (the highest level given) opinion on the City’s financial statement audit today from the City’s independent auditing firm, BKD. Read on...
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    Five City Councilmembers issue statement

    Mayor Pro Tem Ken McClure; Councilwoman Phyllis Ferguson; Councilman Craig Fishel; Councilwoman Jan Fisk; Councilman Mike Schilling issued a public statement Monday, Nov. 2 explaining their reason for requesting a hearing officer. Read on...
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    Documents referenced in Mayor Bob Stephens' Oct. 30 press conference

    Mayor Bob Stephens held a news conference in City Council Chambers Oct. 30. The documents he referenced during that conference are available here. Read on...
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    Impacting Poverty Commission releases 2015 Report and Call to Action

    At the Junior League of Springfield's Community Summit: Focus on Poverty, Springfield's Impacting Poverty Commission released its 2015 Report and Call to Action.
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    'Zone blitz' plan to address concerns shared in May’s listening meetings

    At a series of nine “listening” meetings in Springfield’s northwest neighborhoods in May, City and community leaders heard neighbors’ concerns. Now, it’s time for action. Read on...
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    Diversity in SGF

    Springfield leaders share the sentiment that diversity and inclusion are extremely important aspects of community culture.
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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