The City of Springfield is governed by a non-partisan City Council utilizing a council/manager form of government consisting of a nine-member City Council. City Council sets the policy and direction of the city while the city manager oversees the day-to-day operations of the organization. With an Aa1 bond rating, Government Finance Officers Association awards for excellence in financial reporting every year since 1977, and excellent stewardship of tax dollars, the City of Springfield is widely regarded as a fiscally responsible and well-managed municipality.
By Charter, the city has eight council members who are each elected for a four-year term on a non-partisan basis, and a mayor who is elected for a two-year term. The presiding officer at council meetings is the mayor.
City Manager & City Attorney
The city manager is appointed by the council and serves as the chief administrative officer of the organization. The city manager is responsible for administration of city affairs, day-to-day operations, and implementation of council policies. The city attorney advises and represents the city and council in all legal affairs.
Government in Action
Council meetings begin at 6:30 p.m. every other Monday at Historic City Hall, 830 Boonville Avenue. In addition, there are lunch meetings each Tuesday, which begin at noon. Council meetings can be seen on Mediacom channels 15.1 and 80 and AT&T Uverse channel 99, or viewed online. If there are issues that you wish to bring to the attention of the mayor or the council member representing the district in which you live, visit the City Council page to contact them. If you are unsure which council zone you reside in, check the map of council districts.