Bob Stephens was elected in April, 2009 to General Seat A of Springfield City Council. He served on the Plans and Policies Committee and the Community Involvement Committee. He was unanimously elected Mayor Pro Tem by his peers in 2011 and was sworn in as Mayor when Jim O'Neal resigned in May, 2012. He has served as Mayor since that time and, in that role, serves as an ex-officio member of the four Council standing committees.
He currently serves on the Board of Directors of Springfield Sister Cities Association, the Board of Directors of the Urban Districts Alliance, the Board of Directors of PIC-West, and is a member of the Greene County Mayor's Association.
Mr. Stephens owns CascadeM3, LLC and has over 35 years experience in Human Resource Management, Corporate and Not-for-Profit Training, General Management, and both Human Resource and Communications consulting.
He has worked for both small, growing organizations as well as having served in a Human Resource management position for over 16 years in a Fortune 50 corporation. In addition, he has owned his own successful small business and has served as part-time consultant for organizations in higher education, the not-for-profit sector, and manufacturing as well as for the legal and medical professions.
During his professional career, he has served on the Boards of Directors of Camp Fire Boys and Girls, Big Brothers/Big Sisters of the Ozarks, and the Springfield Family Y. In addition, he has served four terms on his church board and has volunteered for the City of Springfield by serving two terms on the Art Museum Board, including one year as chair; and one term as a member of the Personnel Board.
Stephens holds a Bachelor's degree in English from MSU, a Master of Arts degree in Communications from Drury University, and a specialist degree in Technical Communications from California State University.
He is married with two daughters - one is a Physician's Assistant in Denver and the other is a budget and planning manager in the Kansas City area. He and Cindy have two granddaughters and one grandson with whom they don't get to spend enough time. They also have two cats with which they spend entirely too much time!