Mayor's Welcome
Welcome to the newly designed web pages of the City of Springfield. We are excited to offer this means of communication with our citizens and with others interested in our community.  New features include a new tool allowing citizens to submit a Code Enforcement concern or Service Request, a news and media archive which includes content from our government-access channel (Springfield 5 on Time Warner Cable) as well as the ability to listen to each City Commission meeting via Podcast, and so much more.

Springfield has a proud past. In March of 2000, we celebrated our 150th birthday of Springfield city government. In doing so, we noted the leadership role that our City played in the industrial development of this entire region. In 2001, we marked the 200th anniversary of the settlement of Springfield with a much larger celebration, featuring the opening of Clark County’s Heritage Center Museum in the magnificent building that previously served as the Springfield City Hall. The Heritage Center makes available our past to amaze and educate citizens and visitors alike.

In addition to our rich history, our community features exciting sports and recreation, bustling commercial districts, outstanding cultural attractions, nationally recognized educational institutions, and comfortable housing – all amenities that anchor and enhance the lives of the families that live and grow here.

Springfield is also a community looking to the future. In recent years, Springfield city government has become a leader in creative thinking and action among cities in Ohio. And the results are very good. At the most basic level, we fix the streets and plow the snow and provide police, fire, and paramedic services better than ever before. We are committed to keeping that true even in the face of cuts made in our budget, mostly due to the recession and reductions in State support for local governments in Ohio. In particular, we have developed new police and community connections, including a new group of citizens to help with police-community relations.

Springfield leads the state in redeveloping old factory sites like the one from where a new cancer treatment center has risen. The innovative Cooperative Economic Development Agreement (CEDA) with Springfield Township and Clark County will allow us to bring new jobs to the Prime Ohio area in the southeast corner of Springfield. Indeed, we recently were named the second most successful community of our size in the entire United States in attracting new business by the magazine Site Selection.

Combining city and county parks and recreation into National Trail Parks and Recreation District has made possible exciting new recreation facilities. The new Municipal Stadium and Splash Zone water park have now been joined by a brand new ice rink in downtown Springfield. Over the past few years, Springfield City Schools built all new elementary and middle schools and a new high school. These bright buildings are places where improved learning occurs.

Springfield is proving that it is possible to provide basic services and be creative at the same time. Outside of City government important new changes will happen in the years ahead. The Turner Foundation is establishing a creative presence in our neighborhoods by rehabilitating fine old homes. Our housing development corporation, Neighborhood Housing Partnership, added new housing while assisting our citizens with their foreclosure issues and home buyer education. Several years ago, Springfield Metropolitan Housing Authority completely rebuilt the Lincoln Park public housing neighborhood. The Community Development Department of the City of Springfield secured the largest per capita Federal grant for neighborhood stabilization in the entire United States. That led to the restoration of some older homes and the building of some new homes in order to partially repair the damage created by the foreclosure crisis.

Center City Association generates creative ideas for our downtown. Meanwhile, a new surgery hospital and a state-of-the-art full-service hospital was built in downtown Springfield. Now the new ice rink has opened to large crowds. Nearby, small businesses emerged along a block of North Fountain that recently converted from a one-way to a two-way street. North Fountain itself was completely rebuilt from the Core Block north to Wittenberg University, except for the bridge over Buck Creek. This bridge will be rebuilt in the near future to make more room for walkers and bikers. Below the bridge is one of three new water features that make kayaking and canoeing more fun in Buck Creek. Springfield city government could not make any of this happen, but we helped it happen and will continue to do so.

We know we have our problems. We try to face them honestly and work with our citizens to address them aggressively. We must preserve as many of our manufacturing jobs as possible while adding service, distribution, and high-tech jobs to create a truly mixed employment base. The recent arrival of two new industrial parks, PrimeOhio II and Champion City, provide an opportunity to add a significant number of new jobs to the mix.

We strongly encourage our neighborhoods to organize into associations, in order to help us identify issues and work together on them. We initiated community-oriented policing and restored neighborhood services.

On January 2, 2004, and again in 2008, 2012, and 2016, I was sworn in as the first Mayor of Springfield directly elected by the people in ninety years. I am proud to serve as Mayor as we look to the future with new purpose and hope. Whether in person or on the website, we invite you to share in Springfield’s past, present, and future.

Warren R. Copeland, Mayor
City of Springfield, Ohio

Mr. Warren R. Copeland


Warren Copeland is Professor of Religion and Director of Urban Studies at Wittenberg University in Springfield, Ohio. He received the highest award for teaching at Wittenberg, the Alumni Association’s Distinguished Teaching Award, in 1995. In 2008, he was named the Faculty Director of Wittenberg’s Center for Civic and Urban Engagement. He is the author of two books in religious social ethics and co-editor of a third. Economic Justice and Issues of Justice (co-editor) appeared in 1988. And the Poor Get Welfare was published in 1994.

He was appointed to the Springfield City Commission in 1988; he won election in 1989, reelection in 1993, 1997, and 2001. He served as mayor from 1990 to 1994 and from 1998 until the present. In 2003, he became the first person elected mayor directly by the voters since 1914. He was reelected Mayor in 2007, 2011, 2015 and 2019.

He was the editor and primary author of Updating the Dream, a major study of Springfield, in 1997. His ethical reflections on his time in Springfield City Government, Doing Justice in Our Cities: Lessons in Public Policy from America’s Heartland, appeared in the summer of 2009.

Warren has been married since 1965 to Clara Coolman Copeland, a kindergarten teacher. They are the parents of three children and grandparents of seven grandchildren.

Mr. Copeland represents the City Commission on the following boards:

  • Community Improvement Committee
  • Council of Neighborhood Associations
  • Human Relations Board
  • Metropolitan Housing Authority
  • Port Authority of Springfield*

Mr. Copeland’s term ends December 31, 2023

Ms. Joyce Chilton


Joyce Chilton is retired from the Clark County Public Library. Following retirement, she became a freelance paralegal.

Joyce graduated in 2006 from Sinclair Community College in Dayton, with an Associate of Applied Science Degree in Legal Assisting/Paralegal. She graduated from Springfield North High School as valedictorian. She has been married to Paul since 1978 and has three stepchildren.

In recent years, Joyce interned with the Clark County Prosecutor’s Office and served as a Court-Appointed Special Advocate/Guardian Ad Liem with the Clark County Juvenile Court. She has a history of community involvement, including graduation from the Springfield Leadership Academy.

Among her civic affiliation and appointments are Clark County Alcoholic Drug and Mental Health Board, Community Development Block Grant Board; Springfield Mediation Board, Springfield Records Commission, Ohio State Bar Association, and Friends of the Clark County Public Library.

Mrs. Chilton is a member of El Bethel Temple Church and the National Council of Negro Women.

Mrs. Chilton is currently serving her second consecutive four-year term on the Springfield City Commission. She served as assistant mayor of Springfield in 2012, 2013, 2017 and 2018.

Mrs. Chilton represents the City Commission on the following boards:

  • Board of Building Appeals
  • City Planning Board
  • Clark County Land Reutilization Corporation Board
  • Convention and Visitors Bureau
  • Mediation Board
  • Transportation Coordinating Committee
  • Work Plus Board

Ms. Chilton’s term ends December 31, 2021

Mr. Kevin O’Neill


Mr. O’Neill has been a member of the City Commission since 1992. He served the City as mayor in 1996 and 1997 and as assistant mayor in 2004 and 2005. He is the owner of KEVCO Corp. and a developer in the Springfield area.

Mr. O’Neill has been married to Linda Joyce O’Neill since 1969. They have three children, Laura (1975), Brien (1976), and Patrick (1983).

Mr. O’Neill represents the City Commission on the following boards:

  • Board of Zoning Appeals
  • Clark County Combined Health District
  • Criminal Justice Council
  • JEDD Board
  • Tax Incentive Review Council

Mr. O’Neill’s term ends December 31, 2023

Dr. David Estrop

Dr. David Estrop and his wife, Virginia, moved to Springfield in 2009 when Dr. Estrop was appointed as Superintendent of the Springfield City School District.  Dave retired from that position in 2015, but they decided to remain in Springfield because of the many great people they had come to know.

Dave and Virginia were married in 1974 and have one adult daughter, Kate, who resides and works in the Boston area.  Dr. Estrop earned his Doctorate Degree from Southern Illinois University in Carbondale and spent 45 years in public education.  Dave and Virginia are very active in a number of community organization and their church.  They enjoy gardening and spending time with friends.

Dr. Estrop is currently employed as a part time instructor at Wittenberg University and Antioch University Midwest, as well as serving as a Search Consultant with the executive search firm of Hazard, Young, Attea and Associates, a Division of the ECRA Group Inc. based in Chicago.

Dr. Estrop began his first term on the Springfield City Commission on January 2, 2018.

He represents the City Commission on the following boards:

  • Community Beautification Programs
  • Community Grant Advisory Board
  • Community Improvement Committee
  • JEDD Board
  • Keep Clark County Beautiful Advisory Board
  • Municipal Airport Advisory Board
  • Solid Waste Policy Committee
  • Transportation Coordinating Committee

Dr. Estrop’s term ends December 31, 2021

Mr. Rob Rue




Mr. Rue began his first term on the Springfield City Commission on January 2, 2018.

He represents the City Commission on the following boards:

  • Civil Service Commission
  • Clark County Children & Family First Council
  • Clark County Fairgrounds Board
  • Convention and Visitors Bureau
  • Convention Facilities Authority*
  • Historic Landmarks Commission
  • JEDD Board
  • Military and Veterans Groups
  • National Trail Parks and Recreation District

Mr. Rue’s term ends December 31, 2021

Ms. Jill Pierce – City Clerk

The mission of the City Clerk’s Office is to maintain the City’s records in a fashion which complies with the City Charter, making them readily accessible and accurate for the community and other City departments. The City Clerk also serves the City Commission’s public relations needs.

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