Elected Officials

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 7 members. The Mayor is elected at-large and each Alderman is elected to represent 1 of 6 wards. Each member of the Board of Mayor and Aldermen is elected to a 4-year term of office. The terms of office are staggered every 2 years.

Passage of Ordinances
Every ordinance must be passed by the Board of Mayor and Aldermen on 3 separate readings held on 3 different days, at regular, special or adjourned meetings. Every ordinance is effective upon final passage unless by its...

Qualifications
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 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 1 year preceding the election.

Change of Election Dates
The City of Springfield has recently changed its election dates from the 1st Saturday of June in every odd numbered year. Beginning in 2010, a general city election shall be held on the 1st Tuesday after the 1st 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 Qualifications and Requirements
Any person who has been a resident of Springfield for 30 days immediately preceding an election, or any nonresident who has owned taxable real property in the city for 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 referendum unless otherwise provided by law.