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Meetings of the Mayor and Board of Aldermen
Meetings are Televised
Qualifications of Office
Change of Election Dates
Voter Qualification Requirements
Appointment of the City Manager
Powers and Duties of the City Manager
Appointment of the City Attorney
Duties of the City Attorney
Passage of Ordinances
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BOARD OF MAYOR AND ALDERMEN
The Board of Mayor and Aldermen is the elected legislative body that is the ultimate authority within the City of Springfield government. All major policy decisions must be made by and all major plans must be approved by the Board of Mayor and Aldermen. All ordinances and resolutions must be passed by the Board of Mayor and Aldermen.
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Billy Paul Carneal
Billy Paul Carneal
Mayor
Term Expires:
November 30, 2016
   
     
James Hubbard
James Hubbard
Ward 1 Alderman
Term Expires:
November 30, 2014
Willie Mason
Willie Mason
Ward 2 Alderman
Term Expires:
November 30, 2014
Jerome Ellis
Jerome Ellis
Ward 3 Alderman and Vice Mayor
Term Expires:
November 30, 2014
     
Ann Schneider
Ann Schneider
Ward 4 Alderman
Term Expires:
November 30, 2016
Bruce Head
Bruce Head
Ward 5 Alderman
Term Expires:
November 30, 2016

Clay Sneed
Ward 6 Alderman
Term Expires:
November 30, 2016

FORM OF GOVERNMENT
The City of Springfield has operated under the Council/Manager form of government since 1990, with the City Manager overseeing the daily operation of the government. The City Manager reports to the popularly elected Board of Mayor and Aldermen which is composed of seven (7) members. The Mayor is elected at-large and each Alderman is elected to represent one of six (6) wards. Each member of the Board of Mayor and Aldermen is elected to a four-year term of office. The terms of office are staggered every two (2) years.


OFFICE OF THE MAYOR
The Mayor presides at all meetings of the Board of Mayor and Aldermen and is the ceremonial head of the City. The Mayor has a vote on all matters brought before the Board of Mayor and Aldermen, but no veto power.


ELECTION OF VICE MAYOR
At the first regular meeting after a general city election, the Board of Mayor and Aldermen elect a Vice Mayor to carry out the duties of the Mayor in his/her absence. The Vice Mayor serves for a term of two (2) years.


MEETINGS OF THE BOARD OF MAYOR AND ALDERMEN
The regular meetings of the Board of Mayor and Aldermen are held on the third Tuesday of every month at 7:30 p.m. The meetings are held in the Board Room on the first floor of City Hall located at 405 North Main Street.

A majority of all the members of the Board of Mayor and Aldermen

The proceedings of the meetings of the Board of Mayor and Aldermen are conducted in accordance with Robert's Rules of Order.

MEETINGS ARE TELEVISED
The regular meetings of the Board of Mayor and Aldermen and the regular meetings of the Robertson County Commission can be viewed as scheduled programming on the City's government access cable channel 3.


QUALIFICATIONS FOR OFFICE
The Mayor and Aldermen must be qualified voters of the City and can hold no other public office, except as a Notary Public or member of the National Guard or Military Reserve. No person is eligible for the office of Mayor unless that person has been a resident of Springfield for one (1) year preceding the election. No person is eligible for the office of Alderman unless that person has been a resident of the ward for one (1) year preceding the election.


CHANGE OF ELECTION DATES
The City of Springfield has recently changed its election dates from the first Saturday of June in every odd numbered year. Beginning in 2010, a general city election shall be held on the first Tuesday after the first Monday in November of every even numbered year. The Aldermen from Wards 1, 2, and 3 were most recently elected in June 2007 and will serve through November 30, 2010. The Mayor and the Aldermen from Wards 4, 5, and 6 will be elected in June 2009 and will serve through November 30, 2012.


VOTER QUALIFICATION REQUIREMENTS
Any person who has been a resident of Springfield for thirty (30) days immediately preceding an election, or any nonresident who has owned taxable real property in the city for thirty (30) days immediately preceding an election, and who is otherwise qualified to vote for members of the state legislature and has registered, shall be entitled to vote in city elections. These same qualifications shall apply to other city elections and referenda unless otherwise provided by law.


APPOINTMENT OF THE CITY MANAGER
The City Manager is appointed by the Board of Mayor and Aldermen and serves at the will of the Board of Mayor and Aldermen. The salary of the City Manager is also fixed

The City Manager is the chief administrative officer of the City, responsible to the Board of Mayor and Aldermen for the direction and administration of all offices, departments, and activities placed in his/her charge by the City Charter or the Board of Mayor and Aldermen.

Mr. Paul Nutting is the current City Manager for the City of Springfield.

POWERS AND DUTIES OF THE CITY MANAGER
The powers and duties of the City Manager are as follows:

  • To appoint, remove or otherwise discipline all department heads and all subordinate officers and employees, all appointments to be made upon merit and fitness alone. He/she may authorize any administrative officer who is subject to his/her direction and supervision to exercise these powers with respect to subordinates in that officer's department or office;
  • To see that all laws and ordinances, subject to enforcement by him/her or by officers subject to his/her direction, are enforced, and upon knowledge or information of any violation thereof, to see that prosecutions are instituted;
  • To attend all Board of Mayor and Aldermen meetings and to have the right to take part in any discussions, but not to vote;
  • To prepare and submit an annual operating budget and an annual capital budget update to the Board of Mayor and Aldermen at the appropriate time;
  • To submit to the Board of Mayor and Aldermen a complete report on the financial condition of each department of the city at the end of each month;
  • To make such other reports on the activities of the City as the Board of Mayor and Aldermen may require or as he/she sees the need for and to make such recommendations as in his/her opinion, are necessary to improve the effectiveness and efficiency of the City's operations or as are needed for the overall good of the City;
  • To act as purchasing agent for the City, purchasing all materials, supplies, and equipment needed by the City in accordance with state law and procedures established by the Board of Mayor and Aldermen; and
  • To perform other duties required by the City Charter or the Board of Mayor and Aldermen.

APPOINTMENT OF THE CITY ATTORNEY

The City Attorney is appointed by the Board of Mayor and Aldermen. The compensation of the City Attorney is fixed by the Board of Mayor and Aldermen and he/she serves at the will of the Board of Mayor and Aldermen.

Mr. James Balthrop is the current City Attorney for the City of Springfield.

DUTIES
The City Attorney directs the management of all litigation in which the City is a party, including the function of prosecuting attorney in the City Court; represents the City in all legal matters and proceedings in which the City is a party or interested, or in which any of its officers is officially interested; attends all meetings of the Board of Mayor and Aldermen; advises the Board of Mayor and Aldermen, and committees or members thereof, the City Manager, and the heads of all departments and divisions as to all legal questions affecting the City's interests; and approves as to form all contracts, deeds, bonds, ordinances, resolutions and other documents to be signed in the name of or made by or with the City.


PASSAGE OF ORDINANCES
Every ordinance must be passed by the Board of Mayor and Aldermen on three separate readings held on three different days, at regular, special or adjourned meetings. Every ordinance is effective upon final passage unless by its

 

   

 

The City of Springfield does not discriminate based on race, color, or national origin in federal or state sponsored programs, pursuant to Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 (42 U.S.C. 2000d). La Ciudad de Springfield no discrimina basado en la carrera, el color ni el origen nacional en federal ni el estado patrocino los programas, para Titular conforme a VI del Acto de Derechos Civiles de 1964 (42 U.S.C. 2000d).

 

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