The position of City Clerk was created by the charter of the City of Springfield. Often, it is the first point of contact for citizens.
The City Clerk serves at the pleasure of the City Council and maintains official records for the City, including minutes, ordinances, resolutions, contracts and other vital documents. See records for more information.
When a new office holder or appointee is ready to assume office, it is the City Clerk who administers the oath of office. The office also prepares more than 200 proclamations issued by the Mayor annually. The City Clerk, working with the Greene County Clerk, prepares City issues for the ballot.
The Clerk's office also provides clerical support for City Council and the five standing Council Committees. In addition, the office provides clerical support for several appointed boards, commissions and committees. It advises the Public Involvement Committee, the Mayor and City Manager about board vacancies. More information about serving on boards can be obtained by calling 417.864.1654 or at Volunteer Boards and Commissions.
Brenda M. Cirtin, MMC/MPCC, was appointed as the City Clerk for the City of Springfield in 1993. As the City Clerk, Cirtin provides support to the Mayor and City Council and records the official minutes of the City Council meetings and several boards, commissions and committees. She supervises office and clerical support functions, coordinates municipal elections with the County Clerk and serves as repository for all official City records.
Cirtin served as the City Clerk for Jefferson City Missouri, from March 1986 until December 1991. During her tenure in Jefferson City, Cirtin acquired the designation of Certified Municipal Clerk. The CMC designation is a combination of education and experience, granted through the International Institute for Municipal Clerks. In 2004, Cirtin was awarded the designation of Missouri Professional City Clerk through the Missouri City Clerk and Finance Officer’s Association. In December 2005, she was awarded the designation of Master Municipal Clerk through the IIMC. In May 2007, she was inducted into the Athenian Leadership Society as a Charter member. In May 2009, she received the Quill Award, which is given to IIMC members who have made significant and exemplary contributions to their community, state, peers, and IIMC. In May of 2010, she was elected as Vice President of IIMC and is slated to become President in May 2012.
Cirtin holds a Bachelor of Business Administration from Evangel University. In addition, Cirtin holds professional memberships in the International Institute for Municipal Clerks, the Missouri City Clerks and Finance Officers Association (MOCCFOA), and the Southwest Missouri City Clerks and Finance Officers Association (SWMOCCFOA). Cirtin is a former member of the Board of IIMC, representing Region VII, which consists of Illinois, Kansas, and Missouri. Cirtin served as President (1999-2000) for Missouri City Clerks and Finance Officers Association for which she also served as Secretary from 1997-1998 and President Elect from 1998-1999. In addition, she held leadership positions in both the Central and Southwest regional chapters of MOCCFOA. Cirtin is also active in the Missouri Municipal League.
Cirtin actively participates in the United Way campaign for the City of Springfield, is involved in the annual Day of Caring, and is a former member of the Board of the Victim’s Center, having served on the Executive Committee for two years.
She is married to Robert Cirtin and together they have two daughters, Angela & Jennifer and two grandchildren, Wyatt & Aiden.