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Gage chooses two deputy city managers

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Springfield City Manager Jason Gage is bringing on two deputy city managers.

Assistant City Manager Collin Quigley and Maurice Jones, a newcomer to Springfield, are slated to become deputy city managers on Dec. 9 and Jan. 28, 2019, respectively, according to a news release.

With the promotion of Quigley, Gage is doing away with the assistant city manager role. Quigley will take on additional responsibilities over finance and the budget process. Departmental reports will be split between Quigley and Jones.

“I am honored to move into the deputy city manager role, where I will continue to work with the city manager to implement the goals and vision of City Council with efficient operations of municipal services,” Quigley said in the release. “I am proud to work alongside so many dedicated and talented city employees that strive every day to deliver the highest level of service to our citizens and visitors.”

Quigley started at the city of Springfield in 2007 as assistant manager after leading the Ozark and Kimberling City governments. In the Queen City, he’s led the development of a plan for level property tax funds and the creation of a continuity-of-operations initiative. He’ll continue leading the city’s public safety departments, as well as directly overseeing the airport, emergency communications, fire, health, information systems, municipal court, and police and risk management.

Jones fills the position left vacant by former Deputy City Manager Tim Smith, who retired as a full-time employee in December 2017 and returned in a part-time role to complete customer service project MyCity, create a safety committee and improve the eCity Initiative development process. Smith took over in 2014 for the late Fred Marty, according to past Springfield Business Journal reporting.

Jones comes to Springfield from Dubuque, Iowa, where he’s economic development director for the city government. In Dubuque, he’s led a $20 million economic development budget, and has 20 years experience working to revitalize urban cities and face obstacles impacting rural communities. He also is known for leveraging public-private partnerships for development projects. When he was director of planning and development for two years for the Cook County government in Chicago, he grew the department’s federal funding to more than $200 million from $17 million, according to the release.

In Springfield, Jones will oversee the seven departments of the Art Museum, Building Development Services, Environmental Services, Parks, Planning and Development, Public Works and Workforce Development.

“I am very excited about the opportunity of joining such a dynamic leadership team in such a vibrant city,” Jones said in the release. “As our community evolves and grows, I want to be an integral part of creating an environment where the citizens of Springfield can thrive. I’m looking forward to engaging with the community and contributing to a synergy that propels us forward.”

As deputy city managers, Quigley will be paid a salary of $160,000 and Jones will earn $155,000, according to the release.

“Solid organizational leadership means getting the best persons on the bus and in the right seats. I think we have done that,” said Gage, who became city manager in August, in the release. “Collin is a proven professional who can guide his departments into the future. Maurice is new to Springfield and brings with him a track record of success.”

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