For Immediate Release
Public Invited to Meet City Manager Candidates
The public is invited to meet the three finalist candidates for the Springfield City Manager position at two events on Monday, Aug. 4, 2008.
The first event is “Coffee with the Candidates” from 7:30 to 8:30 a.m. Monday at the Park Central Square Branch Library at the southwest corner of the Square.
The second opportunity is after work at an Ice Cream Social from 5:45 to 7 p.m. Monday at the Phelps Grove Park Pavillion. Phelps Grove Park is located between National and Kimbrough avenues north of Bennett Street, just west of the Springfield Art Museum.
The three finalist candidates for the City Manager position are (in alphabetical order):
- Greg Burris, Vice President at Missouri State University
- Kent Myers, City Manager of Hot Springs, Ark.
- Larry Stevens, City Manager of Edmond, Okla.
The candidates will begin the interview process Sunday afternoon with a welcome reception with City Council, the City Manager Search Committee, Management Team and other community leaders. On Monday, the candidates will go through a series of interviews with City Council and Management Team in addition to the public events and an employee reception late Monday afternoon.
Assuming Council makes a decision to offer the position to one of the candidates next week, the candidate will still go through background checks as part of the standard City hiring process. An announcement will not be made until terms of a contract are set and the background checks have taken place.
Citizens can visit the CityConnect feature on the City Web site for details of the public events throughout the visit: www.springfieldmo.gov/cityconnect.
On Sunday evening, the candidates will participate in a media availability following the welcome reception. The complete video of that briefing will be posted later Sunday night on CityConnect and will air on TV23 at the following times:
- Monday, Aug. 4: 9 p.m.
- Tuesday, Aug. 5: 9 a.m.
- Friday, Aug. 8: 11 a.m.
- Saturday, Aug. 9: 11 a.m.
- Sunday, Aug. 10: 2 p.m.
For more information, contact: Mayor Pro Tem Gary Deaver, 866-6463; or Louise Whall, Director of Public Information, 864-1010.