Jill Simmons, Community Recreation Services Administrator, Park Board

Jill has worked for the City since 2014.

What are 3 words to describe the City of Springfield?

Vibrant, growing, parks!

What's something you've learned since working for the City?

There are a lot of people fully committed to providing great service to our citizens.

Why do you do what you do?

I learned so many lessons and was afforded great opportunities in life through sports – and those continue for me still. Parks and recreation as a profession is deeply rooted in and built upon the foundation of sport, and I feel like it gives me the opportunity to pay it forward and foster great experiences for others.

What’s the hardest part of your job?

There are a lot of moments that you sacrifice time with your family to provide opportunities to the community.

What’s the best part of your job?

What we do everyday matters; we get to be difference makers in our community.

What do you admire about this organization?

We are always pushing to grow and improve on the quality and variety of services that we offer.

What's something that Springfield as a city should strive for? 

To truly define our identity as a City in a manner that helps attract new visitors and citizens.

What are you passionate about?

Making a difference in the world and leaving things better than you found them.