City Manager’s Office

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
Springfield, Oregon

A little about the City Manager’s Office

The City Manager’s Office, or CMO, is responsible for directing and coordinating City department plans to help meet City Council Goals. Our City Manager is the chief administrative officer of the City. The City Manager is responsible for informing and advising our City Council about services the City provides to Springfield residents. They are also responsible for overseeing the administration of all City departments and appointing department directors.

CMO staff wears a variety of hats helping: support the Mayor and City Council; provide city recorder functions; coordinate city elections; manage recruitment for boards, commissions, and committees; provide public information and media support; and coordinate intergovernmental relations. Staff also manages the City’s economic development program, which includes staffing the Springfield Economic Development Agency. CMO is a bustling office that’s powered by our drive to serve Springfield residents (and lots of coffee).

Contact Us

Hours8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday-Friday
Address 225 Fifth Street, Springfield Oregon, 97477
Administrative Specialist 541.726.3700/Rita Grimes
Boards, Commissions, & Committees541.726.3700
City Manager Pro Tem541.726.3700/Mary Bridget Smith
City Meeting Rooms541.726.3700
City Recorder541.726.3700/AJ Ripka
Economic Development541.736.7132/Courtney Griesel
Economic Development541.726.3671/Vahana Keene
Interim Assistant City Manager/Legislative & Public Affairs541.726.3780/Niel Laudati
Public Information Officer541.726.3695/Amber Fossen
Mayor’s Office541.726.3702