Awards, Achievements & Accreditations

Committed Community Involvement 

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.

2016 State, Regional, National and International Recognition

Springfield Fire Department
Rescue Specialist Marc Becker
Higgins & Langley Memorial Award
International Association of Water Rescue Professionals

Firefighter Michael Kuss
Higgins & Langley Memorial Award
International Association of Water Rescue Professionals
and Governor’s Medal of Valor

Springfield-Greene County Health Department
Public Health Investigator Elizabeth Mack
Environmental Public Health Specialist of the Year
Missouri Environmental Health Association

Assistant Director Clay Goddard
Outstanding Volunteer Award
United Way of the Ozarks

Springfield Police Department
Officer Brian Welch
Task Force Officer of the Year
Drug Enforcement Agency-Kansas City

Springfield Art Museum
Curator of Art Sarah Buhr
Promising Leadership Award
Association of Midwest Museums

Environmental Services
Director Steve Meyer
Jan Dillow Coalition Contribution Award
Missouri Waste Control Coalition

Springfield-Greene County 911 Emergency Communications
Director Zim Schwartze
Director of the Year Award
Association of Public-Safety Communications Officials (APCO) International
and Missouri 911 Director of the Year Award
Missouri Public Safety Communications Conference

Springfield-Greene County Park Board
Zoo Veterinarian Rodney Schnellbacher
Diplomat Award  
American College of Zoological Medicine 

2016 Departmental Awards

Finance Department
Distinguished Budget Presentation Award from the Government Finance Officers Association 
and Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting
Government Finance Officers Association

Department of Public Information
Savvy Award
City-County Communications & Marketing Association (3CMA)

Springfield-Greene County Park Board
Cooper Tennis Complex
Facility Excellence Award
U.S. Tennis Association
Lafayette Park/Woodland Heights “Tennis Under the Lights” Program
Event of the Year Award
U.S. Tennis Association Missouri District 

Public Works
Quality Paving Award, for the Republic Road Phase II Project
Missouri Asphalt Association



Springfield-Greene County Park Board
Accredited by the Commission for Accreditation of Park and Recreation Agencies (CAPRA)

Dickerson Park Zoo
Accredited by the Association of Zoos & Aquariums (AZA)

Springfield Police Department
Accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies (CALEA)

Springfield Fire Department
Accredited by Center for Public Safety Excellence (CPSE)
Insurance Services Office (ISO) Class 2 rating

Bomb Squad
Accredited by the Federal Bureau of Investigation

Public Works
Accredited by the American Public Works Association (APWA)

Environmental Services
Accredited by the American Public Works Association (APWA)

Springfield Greene-County Office of Emergency Management
Accredited by the Emergency Management Accreditation Program (EMAP)