Springfield City Manager Jim Bodenmiller

More than 20 applicants seek to become Springfield city manager

The job became available after current manager Jim Bodenmiller announced in August that he will retire at the end of this year. The deadline for submissions was Sept. 28.

Local candidates include Tom Franzen, assistant city manager and director of economic development. Bryan Heck, the city’s deputy manager and Shannon Meadows, the city’s community development director, have also applied.

“The city of Springfield is moving in the right direction after enduring tough economic times following the Great Recession of 2008,” said Springfield Mayor Warren Copeland. “The next city manager must be prepared to lead the administration of a city with challenges and real opportunities to move forward.”

The Springfield city council is expected to narrow the list of candidates in an executive session after their next meeting Tuesday.

A first round of interviews could begin in November.

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