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 are approved by the Board of Mayor and Aldermen.
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 local 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 THE VICE MAYOR
At the first regular meeting after a general city election, the Board of Mayor and Aldermen elect one of their members Vice Mayor to carry out the duties of the Mayor in his/her absence. The Vice Mayor serves for a term of two-years.
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.
The general city election is held on the first Tuesday after the first Monday in November of every even numbered year. The Mayor and the Aldermen from Wards 4, 5, and 6 were most recently elected in November 2016 and will serve through November 30, 2020. The Aldermen from Wards 1, 2, and 3 were most recently elected in November 2014 and will serve through November 30, 2018.
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.
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 6:00 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 members of the Board of Mayor and Aldermen constitute a quorum. The proceedings of the meetings of the Board of Mayor and Aldermen are conducted in accordance with Robert’s Rules of Order.
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.