SPRINGFIELD, Mo- The City of Springfield announced Friday afternoon that Jason Gage will be the new City Manager.
The announcement came out during a press briefing Friday afternoon in the Busch Municipal Building.
“Jason emerged from a very strong pool of candidates,” said Mayor Ken McClure. “He was the best fit for Springfield with his experience in public safety and economic development, which are two of City Council’s main priorities. In addition, he has experience working in a community that has a strong educational background, Stillwater, Oklahoma. Like Springfield, there is a strong town-gown relationship there. We are pleased to welcome him to our community.”
Gage served as the City Manager of Salina, Kansas for 13 years, having previously served as the City Manager of Stillwater, Oklahoma.
“I am very thankful for the opportunity to serve in my home state as Springfield’s City Manager. I have always considered Springfield to be the finest community in the state. It is full of wonderful people and has a distinctive, progressive quality. In addition, this area of the state is absolutely beautiful! I truly look forward to meeting the people of Springfield and working with the City Council, fellow employees and community leaders,” Gage said.
A press release from the city states, as Salina City Manager, Gage provided leadership for a $155 million redevelopment project to renew Salina’s downtown. Click here for more of his achievements.
Gage was offered a one-year contract with a base salary of $220,000.
An interim City Manager will be named to serve between July 1 and Aug. 1.
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