City Manager's Office

The City Manager serves as the chief executive and administrative officer for the City and is responsible for directing the overall operations of the City of Springfield and for executing all policies and programs authorized by City Council. The City Manager serves City Council, and provides supervision and general direction to the City's leadership team. The City Manager has direct responsibility for approximately 2,300 full- and part-time employees, a $315 million annual budget, and $1.4 billion in assets.

Springfield City Council has appointed Jason Gage as Springfield’s next City Manager. His planned start date is Aug. 1.

“Jason emerged from a very strong pool of candidates,” said Mayor Ken McClure. “He was the best fit for Springfield with his experience in public safety and economic development, which are two of City Council’s main priorities. In addition, he has experience working in a community that has a strong educational background, Stillwater, Oklahoma. Like Springfield, there is a strong town-gown relationship there. We are pleased to welcome him to our community.”

Gage has served as Salina, Kansas City Manager for 13 years, having previously served as the City Manager of Stillwater, Oklahoma. He was graduated from Missouri Southern State College in Joplin with a B.A. in political science and completed a masters’ degree in Public Administration at the University of Missouri – Columbia. He served as City Manager of De Soto, Missouri from 1994 to 1999 and was Salina’s Assistant City Manager from 1999 to 2003.

Duties of the City Manager include

  • appointment and, when needed, removal of employees either directly or through department heads
  • preparation of the annual budget for approval by City Council
  • administration of the approved annual budget
  • regular reports to City Council about finances and administrative activities, as well as ongoing advice to Council about the City's present and future financial status or needs
  • attendance at all City Council meetings and many of its committee meetings enforcement of all laws, ordinances, contracts, etc.