Salina City Manager Jason Gage will be in southwest Missouri this weekend as a finalist for the position of City Manager for Springfield Missouri. The following release is from the City of Springfield Website:
The Springfield City Council is pleased to announce that two finalists have been selected for the position of City Manager of Springfield. Jason A. Gage, the current City Manager in Salina, Kansas, and Wayne T. Pyle, the current City Manager in West Valley City, Utah, will visit Springfield Sunday, May 20 through Monday, May 21, 2018.
Gage and Pyle will participate in a series of meetings and interviews with members of the City’s Leadership, City employees and citizen stakeholder groups, in addition to a final interview round with City Council. The activities will begin with two Live Stream Town Hall events at 4 and 4:30 p.m. on Sunday. Citizens may tune in and ask questions by visiting the City’s website at CityView.SpringfieldMo.Gov or the City’s Facebook page, CityofSGF.
Jason Gage has served as Salina City Manager for 13 years, having previously served as the City Manager of Stillwater, Oklahoma. He was graduated from Missouri Southern State College in Joplin with a B.A. in political science and completed a Masters’ Degree in Public Administration at the University of Missouri – Columbia. He served as City Manager of De Soto Missouri from 1994 to 1999 and was Salina Assistant City Manager from 1999 to 2003.
As Salina City Manager, he provided leadership for a $155 million redevelopment project to renew Salina’s core downtown area. The project includes a partnership with key members of Salina’s local business community to develop a downtown athletic tournament fieldhouse, a premier hotel and conference facility, a vintage automotive museum, a family entertainment venue, downtown loft and apartment housing, an enhanced streetscape, and niche retail/restaurant development. He is currently providing direct management support for design of a $30 million “Smoky Hill River” renewal project, including; full stream bed restoration, ecosystem upgrades, downtown river walk improvements, complementary hike/bike sidewalk and trail network, related bridge replacements, and recreational opportunities.
In 2012, Gage established a Continuous Process Improvement (CPI) Program. This program implements Lean Six Sigma (LSS) tools throughout the organization to reduce non-value operational time and improve organizational efficiency. Over the last four years, this approach to efficiency has resulted in approximately 900 total improvements and $2.9 million in net efficiency/cost reductions (which is projected to be $5.3 million through 2018).
About Salina, Kansas
The City of Salina has 480 employees and an annual budget of $137 million, serving a city of 49,000 residents.