Brian Miller also was sworn in as the city’s new fire chief, replacing Nick Heimlich, who served as chief since 2010 and retired. Miller has worked for the Springfield Fire/Rescue Division for 26 years and recently served assistant fire chief and fire marshal.
Chilton, Rue and Estrop will join Mayor Warren Copeland and longtime City Commissioner Kevin O’Neill on the five-member board.
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Chilton thanked the voters, her family and the people who worked on her campaign.
“I’m honored and humbled that you put your trust in me,” she said. “With your trust, I’ll continue to work tirelessly on your behalf to help address the challenges in our city.”
Rue, a lifelong Springfield resident, also thanked family and friends for working on his campaign.
“Springfield is a pearl to me,” Rue said. “With all of its difficulties, trials and setbacks, Springfield has a destiny to be a great city of prosperity. I’ve always said Springfielders have an internal fight within them to fight for something better than they are today. I plan to make decisions along with our mayor and fellow commissioners to see Springfield succeed.”
By working together, Springfield can prosper in the future, Estrop said. He also thanked the voters and his campaign staff.
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“I know we have a lot of challenges as a city, but I also believe by working together we can convert those challenges into opportunities and move Springfield forward,” Estrop said.
Copeland thanked Chilton for her willingness to serve another term and welcomed the two new commissioners.
“Any time an organization gets new ideas and people, it’s usually good for that organization,” Copeland said. “Feel free to educate us and help us understand what we haven’t known well enough. Together, I look forward to the future.”
Commissioners earn an annual salary of $10,750. They oversee a government that serves about 59,000 people with a $43 million annual general fund budget and about 570 employees.
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