Employee Awards & Achievements
Working at the City of Springfield means being part of a team committed to working with the community.
The people of our community are the only reason we are here. Therefore, we are committed to working with the community to provide ethical and responsible local government so that everyone can enjoy the benefits of living and working in Springfield.
Brian Weiler, director of the Springfield-Branson National Airport, was elected to a two-year term as vice president of the Missouri Airport Managers Association (MAMA).
Before joining the airport in 2011, Weiler spent 15 years with the Missouri Department of Transportation (MoDOT). A Jefferson City native, licensed pilot and former Marine, Weiler’s early civilian career included management of small city and county airports in the St. Joseph and Kansas City areas.
Congratulations to Fire Chief David Hall and Assistant Fire Chiefs Andy Woody and David Pennington for recent designations by the Commission on Professional Credentialing.
- Assistant Fire Chief Andy Woody is one of only 25 in the world to be awarded designation as a Chief Training Officer from the Commission on Professional Credentialing. The Commission awards the designation only after meeting all of the organization's rigorous criteria.
- Fire Chief David Hall and Assistant Fire Chief David Pennington were awarded designation as Chief Training Officers. There are only 880 Fire Officers worldwide.
As of September 2013, Springfield joined nearly 300 other communities across the U.S. as a bicycle-friendly community, as designated by the American League of Bicyclists. The Bicycle Friendly Community program provides a roadmap to improve conditions for bicycling and the guidance to make your distinct vision for a better, bikeable community a reality.
A community recognized by the League as Bicycle Friendly? welcomes bicyclists by providing safe accommodation for cycling and encouraging people to bike for transportation and recreation. Encouraging bicycling is a simple way towards improving public health. With more people bicycling, communities experience reduced traffic demands, improved air quality and greater physical fitness.
Building such a community can translate into a more connected, physically active, and environmentally sustainable community that enjoys increased property values, business growth, increased tourism, and more transportation choices for citizens.
Congratulations to Public Works Director Phil Broyles for receiving the Distinguished Service Award from the Missouri Bicycle & Pedestrian Federation. Under Phil's direction, Springfield has added bicycle lanes to nine miles of Springfield roads and shared lane markings to another nine miles.
An innovative project called "The Link" is underway to create an eight-mile bicycle boulevard type connection among key destinations in the city.
The Department of Public Information was recognized with four Silver Addy Awards by the Ozarks Chapter of the American Advertising Federation. Awards were presented for:
- The Good Neighbor Video PSA series.
- The City of Springfield inBalance Wellness Program communication campaign that included posters, videos, website design and other internal communication.
- SCENIC Route cartoon series in the SCENE, the City’s employee newsletter.
- Logo design for the Festival of Lights.
State, National & International Recognitions
Public Works and Environmental Services achieved accreditation from the American Public Works Association (APWA) in June.The APWA accreditation program recognizes governmental agencies that go beyond the requirements of the management practices established nationally in the public works industry.
Public Works and Environmental Services received the accreditation award as presented by APWA Board Director - Region VI Larry Stevens, P.E., PWLF, at a presentation ceremony at tonight's City Council meeting at Historic City Hall.
The APWA accreditation indicates that Public Works and Environmental Services staff are dedicated to concepts of continuous improvement and in-depth self-assessment of department policies, procedures and practices.
"We are now one of 85 public works agencies in the United States and Canada and four in Missouri that have this accreditation," said Public Works Director Phil Broyles, in a staff memo. "Fewer than 1 percent of all agencies qualify for this accreditation."
- Springfield-Greene County Health Department
2012 Laboratory of the Year from Medical Laboratory Observer
- Southwest Wastewater Treatment Plant
2012 Outstanding Management of Wastewater Biosolids Award from the Missouri Water Environment Association.
- Springfield Finance Department Budget and Evaluation Division
2012 Distinguished Budget Presentation Award from the Government Finance Officers Association.
- Phil Broyles, Director of Public Works
2012 Top Ten Public Works Leader of the Year by the American Public Works Association.
- Brenda Cirtin, City Clerk
2012 Outstanding City Clerk from the Missouri City Clerks and Finance Officers Association.
- Bob Belote, Springfield-Greene County Park Board Director
2013 Fellow Award from the Missouri Parks and Recreation Association.
- David Hutchinson, Traffic Engineer
2012 Distinguished Service Award from the Missouri Bicycle and Pedestrian Federation.
- Sarah Limb, Public Health Investigator
2012 Environmental Public Health Specialist of the Year from the Missouri Environmental Health Association.
- Shaun Sigrest, Emergency Vehicle Technician
2012 Emergency Vehicle Technician of the Year from the International Association of Fire Chiefs & Fire Chief Magazine.
The Springfield Fire Department is leading an initiative to train City of Springfield employees on CPR and the use of automated external defibrillators (AEDs). An AED is an electronic device designed to deliver an electric shock to a victim of sudden cardiac arrest.
Many heart-related deaths occur each year outside of the hospital or emergency room due to the sudden loss of heart function or sudden cardiac death. It is estimated that up to 60 percent might have been saved if AEDs were immediately available. Chances of survival from sudden cardiac death diminish by 7-10 percent for each minute without immediate CPR or defibrillation. After 10 minutes, resuscitation rarely succeeds.
The City met its 2012 goal of having 50 percent of employees either trained or signed up to train by the end of the year. The goal for 2013 is to get 100 percent of employees trained and to launch a community-wide program encouraging the use of AEDs and training for both CPR and AED use.
The Golden Goose Award
The Golden Goose is a fun and prestigious award that allows employees to recognize the outstanding, but often unnoticed, individual efforts of co-workers and to promote a culture of teamwork and pride. Each week, a traveling trophy (The Golden Goose) is awarded from one employee to the next as "thank you" and to recognize each other for a job well done. The Goose was chosen as a symbol of the teamwork and cooperation often seen among members of this organization. It is a fact that, the lifting power of many wings can achieve twice the distance of any bird flying alone.
- You must present the Golden Goose to a fellow City employee in a different department, who has done an outstanding job helping you do your job. The purpose of the Goose is to say “thank you” to that person for their efforts and to recognize them for a job well done.
- You can only keep the Goose for one week, and then you have to give it away.
- It is highly encouraged that you present the Goose in front of that person’s supervisor, at a staff meeting, or in a way that recognizes them publicly for a job well done.
- The Goose must be displayed in your work area for everyone to see. Accompanying the Goose will be a pin that you can wear all week.
- A log book will document the travels of the Goose. As the Goose moves on, you must list WHO you are presenting it to and WHY. When you give the Goose, please send an e-mail to GooseShepherd@springfieldmo.gov stating to whom you are presenting the Goose and why. These entries will be included in the next edition of the Scene.