Zone 2 Councilwoman
Cynthia (Cindy) Rushefsky was originally elected as a City Council member to represent Zone 2 in April 2007, and was re-elected in April 2011. She currently serves as Chair of the Community Involvement Committee and is a member of the Public Involvement Committee She is also a non-voting member of the Police and Fire Pension Board.
Councilwoman Rushefsky graduated from State University of New York at Albany with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Education. She was awarded a National Defense Scholarship and attended Syracuse University for two years in the Russian History program. For the next twelve years, she raised her two daughters and taught at a variety of jobs while her husband served in the United States Air Force and furthered his own education. In 1981, Councilwoman Rushefsky returned to school, attending Holland Law Center of the University of Florida, and obtained her law degree in 1984.
In 1984, Councilwoman Rushefsky moved to Springfield, Missouri, with her family and settled in the Rountree neighborhood. She clerked for the Missouri Court of Appeals and then went to work for the Greene County Prosecuting Attorney's Office. Before her retirement in June 2006, Councilwoman Rushefsky handled a wide variety of cases from animal abuse to murder. For nine years, she was the attorney with primary responsibility for cases involving child abuse and rape and she maintains a strong interest in women and children's issues. During her tenure, she developed a protocol for child abuse investigations, emphasized counseling and services for victims, developed standards for videotaping children's testimony in criminal cases, pushed for SAFE examinations for child victims, and created a team concept that laid the groundwork for the Child Advocacy Center. She was a Board member for the Family Violence Center and the Rape Crisis Center and a founding member of the Child Fatality Review Team for Greene County.
In 1998, she received the Woodruff Award for outstanding achievement in the area of law enforcement in recognition of her numerous presentations in and around Greene County on the dangers of clandestine methamphetamine labs particularly as they affected children. In 2004, she was named one of Missouri's top ten lawyers by Missouri Lawyer's Weekly in recognition of her successful efforts to defend Missouri's mandatory child abuse reporting law before the Missouri Supreme Court. In 2006, she was called out of retirement to head an interagency Task Force on Gangs and Violent Crime and direct a grand Jury investigation of those issues.