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Council wants public input in city manager search

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Springfield City Council is soliciting public input as it seeks a new city manager to replace Greg Burris.

The city earlier this year hired Keller, Texas-based Strategic Government Resources to help council recruit and screen candidates. An initial review is underway following the March 30 application deadline, according to a news release.

Community members will be able to meet the finalists and provide input for the selection process. The city’s goal is to have a new city manager in place by July.

“Whether you live or work in Springfield or you are employed by the city of Springfield organization, the selection of a new city manager should be important to you,” Mayor Ken McClure said in the release. “We want to know what you think.”

City officials set up a survey page asking residents to weigh in on Springfield’s greatest challenges and the qualities the next city manager should have.

Burris, city manager since 2008, announced his resignation in November 2017. He’s scheduled to step down June 30 and start July 5 as executive director of the city’s new Give 5 Program, which encourages retirees to become community volunteers.

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