Public Information & Civic Engagement

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    Feb. 21 City Council meeting summary

    Springfield City Council met at Historic City Hall at 6:30 p.m. Feb. 21. A written summary and video recording of the meeting are available. Read on...
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    Darla Morrison named City Human Resources Director

    City Manager Greg Burris has selected Darla Morrison as the City's Human Resources Director. She has been serving as interim director since July 2016. Read on...
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    Ozarks workforce leaders release third annual regional workforce survey results Feb. 15

    Ozark Region Workforce Development Board and Missouri Job Center present regional survey results at third annual MOmentum: State of the Workforce Luncheon on Feb. 15 with over 300 local workforce professionals. Read on...
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    February sales tax revenues down 4% compared to budget

    The City of Springfield's February 2017 1% general sales tax check from the Missouri Department of Revenue is down 4% compared to the amount budgeted. Read on...
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    68th Springfield Police Academy class to graduate Feb. 17

    Graduation ceremonies for the officers of the 68th Springfield Police Academy will be held at 7 p.m. Friday, Feb. 17, at Ridgecrest Baptist Church, 2210 W. Republic Road. Read on...
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    David Pennington named interim Fire Chief

    Chief Pennington temporarily replaces David Hall, who retired from the Fire Department Jan. 27.
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    Public invited to share ideas for the future of Springfield's Hazelwood Cemetery

    The public is invited to help develop a long-term plan for the future of Springfield’s Hazelwood Municipal Cemetery at a public workshop 6:30 - 8:30 p.m. Feb 28 at the Schweitzer-Brentwood Branch Library Community Room. Read on...
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    City Council presented with Jefferson Avenue Footbridge options

    City Council evaluated potential options for rehabilitating the 115-year-old Jefferson Avenue Footbridge and gave the go ahead to spend approximately $200,000 for the structural design phase of the preservation. Read on...
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    Springfield-Greene County 9-1-1 calls for service increase in 2016

    In 2016, the Springfield-Greene County 91-1 Emergency Communications department averaged nearly 22,000 9-1-1 calls per month with over 81% from mobile devices, says Director Zim Schwartze. Read on...
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    SPD releases 2016 Uniform Crime Report

    The Springfield Police Department's 2016 crime reporting through the Uniform Crime Report (UCR) has been completed, and the year-end data shows an overall increase in Part 1 crime in Springfield of 8 percent, compared to a 4.5 percent increase in 2015. Read on...
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    Source of green substance in Fassnight Creek confirmed

    City officials have confirmed that the green substance found in Fassnight Creek Thursday afternoon was a non-hazardous fluorescein dye. A nearby facility used the dye to determine where some patio drains at the facility were connected. Read on...
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    David Holtmann named City Finance Director

    City Manager Greg Burris officially named David Holtmann as the City’s Finance director, effective Jan. 23. Holtmann has served as interim Finance director since July, when previous director Mary Mannix Decker retired. Read on...
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    Roster for City Council candidates certified and submitted

    Springfield City Clerk Anita Cotter has certified 13 applicants to be included on the ballot for the April 4, 2017 election. Read on...
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    Springfield Police Department releases Quarterly Public Safety Report

    During the fourth quarter of 2016, SPD reported an overall increase in crime by 18 percent. Read on...
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    City reports non-hazardous dye found in Fassnight Creek

    City Officials report that a green substance found in Fassnight Creek Thursday afternoon is most likely a non-hazardous substance such as fluorescein dye. Read on...
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    Impacting Poverty Commission issues one-year report

    When the Impacting Poverty Commission (IPC) issued a challenge to the community to help decrease the poverty trend in Greene County in October 2015, Mayor Bob Stephens proclaimed that the “consequences of doing nothing are just too great.” Read on...
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    Building Development Services proposes updates to housing code

    Building Development Services Director Chris Straw brought what he calls a “long overdue” set of clarifications to the City’s Nuisance and Housing Code (City Charter, Chapter 74) to City Council Tuesday, Jan. 17. Read on...
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    Fire Department presents staffing and deployment recommendations to Council

    The Springfield Fire Department presented City Council with various options for staffing and deployment as a follow up to its presentation in December. Read on...
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    Fire deaths continue to plague Springfield in 2016

    Despite a reduction in residential fires overall in 2016, Springfield's fire death rate continues to trend upward, as the Fire Department resolves to find new ways to address the issue. Read on...
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    Thankful for a City of Action

    Springfield has been praised for being a city of action. Take a look at what we've been up to in 2016. Read on...
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    Springfield named to best-performing cities list

    Springfield, Mo. ranks 53rd among the nation's "best-performing" cities according to the Milken Institute's annual Best-Performing Cities index for 2016. Read on...

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

Special Events and Special Event Permitting - The Department of Public Information sponsors or cooperates in planning special events, such as the Birthplace of Route 66 Festival, the Springfield Jazz Festival, the Mayor's Tree Lighting Ceremony, the State of the City Address and the Partners in Education "Treasures of the City," event. The Department of Public Information also assists other City departments in planning and executing special events such as ribbon cuttings and dedications, as well as in coordinating their promotion. Public Information also oversees permitting special events in the city of Springfield. 

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.

Citizen Resource Center - 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 417-864-1010 for assistance. 

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.

Department Fast Facts


  • Employs about 12 people
  • Has an annual budget of about $800,000