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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASECity of Springfield Deputy City Manager Tim Smith announced today he will retire in December.
Smith’s key duties have included completion of an integrated plan proposal for meeting environmental standards and providing direction to the Building Development Services, Public Works, Human Resources, Planning and Development, Environmental Services, Parks and Information Systems departments.
Smith played an important role in helping the City through the continued economic recovery, City Manager Greg Burris said.
“From the first day that Tim joined our team, he has been a vital part of the culture of leadership we’ve been developing at the City. He exemplifies professionalism, empathy and leadership. And, as if that wasn’t enough, Tim is the model public servant – he works hard, does quality work, and truly cares about people. Tim should feel proud of the work he’s accomplished at both the County and the City; he’s made a difference in many peoples’ lives.”
Burris said that after a short hiatus, Smith will return to the City to help complete some key projects. “I’m extremely thankful for Tim’s willingness to return next year as a part-time employee to move a number of his projects forward. The City will be better for it.”
Smith came to the City from Greene County, where he served since 1992. He became Greene County Administrator in 2008. At the end of 2013, he scaled back to part-time hours and half pay in an effort to help the County deal with a budget shortfall.
A native of Indiana, Smith received a bachelor of science degree in civil engineering from Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology in Terre Haute in 1975. His experience includes design and construction, plan review, regulation and administration and stormwater management.
He served as chairman of the Solid Waste District “O” board of directors and is a member of the State Solid Waste Advisory Board. He is a past Ozark Greenways board member and past president of the Missouri Floodplain and Stormwater Managers’ Association.
“The City of Springfield has been the beneficiary of Tim Smith’s talents during the three years he has served as deputy city manager. Tim’s leadership has been extremely effective and his contributions numerous,” said Mayor Ken McClure. “Tim is the epitome of a respected, dedicated and committed public servant, having served Greene County for 22 years. City Council is most grateful for his service and wishes for him every success.”
Burris said a search for a new deputy city manager will begin soon. Details about a public reception for Smith will be shared at a later date.
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For more information, contact Cora Scott, Director of Public Information and Civic Engagement, at 417-864-1009 or firstname.lastname@example.org.