Zim Schwartze, Director, 9-1-1 Emergency Communications

Zim began working for the City of Springfield in 2013.

Zim SchwartzeWhat’s something you’ve learned since working for the City?

The City is a very energetic and a healthy organization because of the employees we have working here! I simply don’t see some of the problems and issues that other cities have and are experiencing these days here in Springfield! We are very fortunate to have positive folks working with each other and the community.

Why do you do what you do?

I’ve been in public service all of my life, first law enforcement for over 20 years and now 9-1-1 and am compelled that this is the right thing to do! I serve the best I can and help those who need help.

What’s the hardest part of your job?

Trying to juggle all of the stuff I’m involved in, along with being at 9-1-1. Like many other City employees, we don’t just do our daily assigned jobs but are involved in various community groups, organizations, charities and fundraisers. It’s hard to fit that all in some days.

What’s the best part of your job?

My employees. They are the BEST! They handle all of the emergency 9-1-1 calls that many folks could not, including me. I can do a lot of things… but I admire those who can do what I cannot.What are you passionate about?

What are you passionate about?

For those that know me … I would say definitely running (or trying to run) and being healthy. I’m also very passionate about Special Olympics and the athletes that are near and dear to my heart. They always know how to bring a smile to my face.