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2021 City News Releases

Posted on: January 26, 2021

Volunteers needed for local boards and commissions


The City of Springfield is currently taking applications for a variety of boards and commissions.

Current openings include: 

Traffic Advisory Board (seven openings)

 Advises the Traffic Engineer, Chief of Police, City Manager and City Council of ways and means for improving traffic conditions and/or enforcement of traffic regulations.
More Traffic Advisory Board information     Apply Now

Building Trades Examination & Certification Board (five openings)

Administers the licensing of the members of various building crafts or trades.
Specific volunteers needed: Commercial contractor representative, electrical contractor representative, residential contractor representative and two plumbing contractor representatives.
More Building Trades Examination & Certification Board information     Apply Now

Citizens' Tax Oversight Committee (four openings)

Review and monitor the collection of the 1/4-cent Capital Improvements Sales Tax revenues, the 1/8-cent Transportation Sales Tax revenues, the 3/4-cent Police and Fire Fighters Pension Fund Sales Tax revenues, the Hotel/Motel Tax revenues, and the Level Property Tax revenues. In addition, the committee may evaluate any proposed reduction or enhancement to pension benefits before presentation to City Council.
More Citizens' Tax Oversight Committee information     Apply Now

Landmarks Board (four openings)

Advises City Council, City Planning and Zoning Commission, the Park Board and the City Manager relating to the identification, protection, retention and preservation of historic sites in the City of Springfield.

Specific volunteers needed: Midtown neighborhood representative, Commercial Street representative, Walnut Street representative, real estate sector representative. 

More Landmarks Board information     Apply Now

Police Civilian Review Board (three openings)

To review and comment to the City Council through the City Manager and to the Chief of Police upon citizen appeals of determinations made by the Police Department about specific police conduct matters.
More Police Civilian Review Board information     Apply Now

Board of Adjustment

Has authority to hear appeals, decide district boundaries, allow exceptions, and grant variances of the Zoning Ordinance relating to land improvements, in accordance with guidelines established by the Zoning Ordinance.
More Board Of Adjustment information     Apply Now

Mayor’s Commission on Human Rights and Community Relations

Foster mutual understanding and respect among all racial, religious and ethnic groups of the City and investigates discrimination complaints.
More Mayor's Commission On Human Rights & Community Relations information     Apply Now

Personnel Board

Advises the City Council, City Manager and Director of Personnel concerning personnel administration and makes any investigation which it considers desirable concerning the administration of personnel in the municipal service; approves merit system rules and hears appeals from disciplinary action.

More Personnel Board information     Apply Now 

Planning and Zoning Commission

Recommends proposed amendments to Springfield Comprehensive Plan, Zoning Ordinance & Official Zoning Map; applications for conditional use permits; exercises control over platting of subdividing land and other various land development applications within the City.
More Planning And Zoning Commission information     Apply Now

Public Housing Authority

Provides housing for people of low income.
More Public Housing Authority information     Apply Now

Tree City USA Citizen Advisory Board

Committee will advise City Council and appropriate City Departments regarding the city's trees and the community's urban forest and assist in continuing to qualify Springfield as a Tree City USA community.
More Tree City USA Citizen Advisory Committee information     Apply Now

The City has more than 25 standing boards and commissions, providing hundreds of opportunities for citizens to get involved in the community. Requirements for the City’s standing boards and commissions vary. Please visit for the latest boards and commissions openings. 

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For more information, contact City Clerk Anita Cotter, 417-864-1651 or [email protected]. Media are asked to contact Cora Scott, director of Public Information & Civic Engagement, at 417-864-1009 (office) | 417-380-3352 (cell), [email protected].

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