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City, Health Department name new directors

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The the city of Springfield and the Springfield-Greene County Health Department separately announced the promotions of two of its directors in recent days.

Springfield Environmental Services
The city of Springfield promoted Errin Kemper to director of its Environmental Services Department.

Kemper, assistant Environmental Services director since 2013, is slated to become director on April 1, according to a news release. He succeeds the retiring Steve Meyer, who’s scheduled to work his last day on May 12 after more than 30 years with the city.

“Quality environmental resources are especially important to the Ozarks since much of our economic development, tourism and overall quality of life are directly tied into the quality of our air and water,” City Manager Greg Burris said in the release. “Errin has a unique set of skills and understands the technical details, but also sees the bigger picture while being an approachable leader.”

Kemper will lead a department with duties including overseeing the city’s sanitary sewer system, wastewater treatment plans and solid waste management and recycling.

Prior to becoming assistant director of Environmental Services, Kemper was a professional engineer for the city for more than 10 years, working in the stormwater engineering division of Public Works, according to the release.

Health Department
The Health Department promoted Jon Mooney to one of its two assistant director posts, according to a news release.

Mooney, who’s worked with the department since 2013 as chronic disease prevention administrator, is scheduled to move into the new role on April 1.

Mooney and Katie Towns will be dual assistant directors. The department’s leadership ranks have included two assistant director roles since 2015, according to the release.

Mooney will be in charge of leading the 2019 regional health assessment, departmental quality improvements and partner relationships.

“Collaboration is such a key in public health. I believe in building strong relationships, both within our department as well as throughout the community,” Mooney said in the release.

Former Assistant Director Clay Goddard was tapped as director late last year. He succeeded longtime Director Kevin Gipson.

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