Welcome to Springfield, Oregon!
Serving the Springfield, Oregon community is a privilege and I’m honored to be appointed as your City Manager Pro Tem.
This newest role, to serve as your City Manager Pro Tem, provides me with a unique opportunity to see the possibilities and challenges facing our community. Springfield is an incredible place. I’m grateful to be in a position to support this organization and community as we change and transition to the future.
My perspective as an attorney will help support the organization as we grow. I’ve been the in-house City Attorney for Springfield since July 1, 2018. However, my connection to Springfield began back in 2007. Many of you may know me through my work with Leahy, Cox LLP as an attorney representing the City, Springfield Utility Board, and the Lane Regional Air Protection Agency; and assisting private businesses and individuals on real estate and employment matters. I’ve also been closely connected to the Springfield community through Springfield Rotary Club, the Springfield Area Chamber of Commerce; and through my efforts with literacy including Springfield Public Library Foundation, the Springfield Young Readers, and Springfield Public Library’s Imagination Library Program.
I’ve worn several hats over the years leading to Springfield. After graduating from the California Maritime Academy in 1994, I worked as a third mate on commercial cargo ships for five years in the Mediterranean Sea and off the west coast of the United States. I then pursued my law degree from Seattle University School of Law, graduating in 2002. I’ve also served as an assistant City Attorney for the City of Yakima, Washington and as a Deputy Prosecutor for Yakima County.
I look forward to this new chapter in service to the Springfield community.
Mary Bridget Smith, City Manager Pro Tem