April 21, 2009

News Release

For Immediate Release

Zone 3 Council Application Process

The Springfield City Council will accept applications for the Zone 3 Council vacancy through 5 p.m., Friday, April 24, 2009.

Interested residents of Zone 3 need to apply in person at the City Clerk’s Office on the 4th floor of the Busch Building in order to sign an affidavit attesting to their qualifications as required by the City Charter. The office is open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday-Friday.

See map outlining the Zone 3 boundaries.

Qualified applicants must be registered voters, have two years of residency in the city of Springfield and one year of residency in Zone 3.

The City Council will hold a special meeting at 6 p.m., Tuesday, April 28, in Council Chambers in Historic City Hall to hear five-minute presentations from the qualified applicants. Applicants are invited to submit resumes or additional information with their applications for Councilmembers to review before Tuesday’s special meeting. Mayor Jim O’Neal said he expects City Council to select an applicant at Tuesday’s special meeting.

The City Council vacancy was created by the resignation of 10-year Councilman Ralph Manley at the end of Monday night’s regular Council meeting.

The new Councilmember will serve Mr. Manley’s unexpired term, which concludes with the General Municipal Election of April 2011. The new Councilmember would be eligible to run for election to a four-year term in 2011.

“Ralph K. Manley has served the country, the Council and the City extremely well his entire life,” Mayor O’Neal said Tuesday. “I have nothing but the highest regard for Mr. Manley.”

Mayor O’Neal said he would like to find an appropriate way to honor Mr. Manley for his years of service on City Council.

Citizens with questions about the application process can contact City Clerk Brenda Cirtin at 864-1650 or bcirtin@springfieldmo.gov.

For media information, contact: Louise Whall, Director of Public Information, 864-1010; or City Clerk Brenda Cirtin, 864-1650.

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