January 20, 2010

News Release

For Immediate Release

Deputy City Manager Evelyn Honea to Retire May 1

head shot photo of evelyn honeaDeputy City Manager Evelyn Honea has announced her intention to retire effective May 1, following 28 years of service with the City of Springfield.

She has served as Deputy City Manager since August 2007 where she has been responsible for supervising  several City departments, working on specific issues with City Council committees and overseeing projects assigned by the City Manager that involve multiple departments.

Honea joined the City in 1982 in the Finance Department and served as the Assistant Director of Finance until 1999. She then served as the Director of Information Systems before joining the City Manager’s Office in 2005 as the Assistant City Manager.

A certified public accountant, Honea also served in financial positions in Dallas and San Marcos, Texas and Bloomington, Ind., before moving to Springfield. She holds a Master’s in Public Administration from Missouri State University and has taught college- and graduate-level courses at MSU, Evangel University and Webster University.

“I am very grateful that Evelyn delayed her retirement while we worked toward solutions to the Police-Fire Pension Fund shortfall,” City Manager Greg Burris said, noting that Honea stepped in to chair the pension system’s Board of Trustees during a difficult period over the last several years.

“Her support and assistance has been invaluable and I am very appreciative of her talents and proud of her long commitment to public service for the City,” Burris said.

Burris said he does not plan to fill Honea’s position while the current hiring freeze is in effect. He said he and Assistant City Manager Collin Quigley will absorb some of her responsibilities and Burris said he will ask other members of the Leadership Team to handle certain assignments.

For more information, contact: Deputy City Manager Evelyn Honea, 864-1004.

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