Rush, Bailes End Tenure On Springfield City Council
There's been a changing of the guard in Springfield's leadership, as Scott Bailes and John Rush end their tenure on City Council. They did not seek re-election. Craig Fishel won the Zone Four seat, while General Seat B goes to Craig Hosmer. Council members Jan Fisk, Jeff Seifried, and Mayor Bob Stephens won their respective races in last week's election.
Details in an edited news release from the City of Springfield:
City Councilmen Scott Bailes and John Rush end four-year terms tonight, but not before voting on a few issues carried over from the March 25 Council meeting.
The current Council will also vote on a resolution to certify the results of last week’s election, making way for the swearing in of newly elected Council members. Jan Fisk was elected to Council General Seat A, a position she was originally appointed to in 2012. Craig Fishel earned the Council Zone 4 seat, being vacated by Bailes. Mayor Bob Stephens was elected for another two-year term, while Zone 1 Councilman Jeff Seifried will serve an additional four years and Craig Hosmer will replace Rush in the General B Council seat.
"Councilman Rush and Councilman Bailes are two great examples of citizens who volunteered to sacrifice their time and effort to give back to their community, and we're very appreciative of their passion and commitment,” said City Manager Greg Burris. “We thank their families for allowing them to take time out of their lives to make this contribution toward making Springfield an even greater city.”
A look back:
Councilman Scott Bailes Zone 4
Scott Bailes was elected as a City Council member to represent Zone 4 in April 2009. He most recently served as a Member of the Finance & Administration Committee and the Public Involvement Committee.
“Scott Bailes has been an exemplary representative of Zone 4 for the past four years,” said Mayor Bob Stephens. “There have been some contentious issues during that time and he has handled them as you would expect: with a quiet grace and rational approach. It has been a pleasure to serve with him during the past four years, to learn more about local baseball, and to hear his reasoned approach to the issues that Council faces. Obviously, we wish him and his family the very best,” he said.
• Bailes celebrated significant milestones in our community’s history by representing Council at a variety of events during his tenure. He addressed the crowd at the reopening of Sequiota Park; helped host the 2010 Olympic Day and participated in Treasures of the City, an educational program for children and their parents.
• Bailes organized a volunteer effort to repair the Fire Department’s “burn building”. The renovation was key in the City’s action plan for maintaining ISO rating 2 for fire coverage. Ratings from ISO, a national firm that assesses cities’ ability to respond to structure fires, can affect insurance ratings.
Bailes, who is currently employed by the Springfield Cardinals, attended Southwest Missouri State University, where he played baseball. In January 1982, Scott was drafted by the Texas Rangers, however he chose to remain at then SMSU and played through the spring of that year. In June, 1982, he was drafted by the Pittsburg Pirates and signed with them on July 1.
In July, 1985, he began playing for the Cleveland Indians, and on April 9, 1986 made his Major League Baseball debut by pitching against the Baltimore Orioles.
After playing for the California Angels and the Toronto Blue Jays, Bailes retired in 1995. However, in 1996, he signed on with the Texas Rangers, where he played until he permanently retired in 1998.
He serves on the advisory committee for Champion Athletes of the Ozarks and serves on the board of the Springfield Soccer Club. Bailes previously served as the Director of the Special Olympics from 1994 to 1995.
City Councilman John Rush General B
John Rush was elected as an at-large City Council member in April 2009. He most recently served as a Member of the Council Finance and Administration Committee and the Community Involvement Committee.
“Councilman Rush and I came on City Council at the same time four years ago. We were on the campaign trail together and I came to appreciate his open approach to all issues,” said Mayor Stephens. “This is not to say that he didn't have strong opinions, but he was always willing to listen to and discuss all sides of an issue. When it came down to it, he voted his conscience every time. I don't know that Springfield could ask for a better-read or more knowledgeable Council member who examined issues from a very broad perspective. I will miss him over the next two years.”
• Rush regularly attended groundbreaking ceremonies and events representing City Council, including the West MeadowsClean-up; The Commons at Jordan Valley; Salute to Legislators and the opening of the Springfield Regional Police and Fire Training Center.
• He hosted the annual Gift of Time Awards honoring community volunteers.
• Rush was known for understanding the importance of frank communication with the media and citizens, and penned letters to the editor to help clarify his position or viewpoint, or raise questions.
Rush retired from a long and successful tenure as the President and CEO for the United Way of the Ozarks. He has a long history with the United Way Organization, including positions in Kingston, Jamaica;Wichita, Kansas; Kansas City, and St Joseph, Missouri.
His educational background includes a Master of Science degree from the University of Missouri, a Bachelor’s of Arts degree from Baylor University and an Associate’s degree from Southwest Baptist University.
Rush has served the Community in countless areas in addition to his work with the United Way. He served as President of the Springfield-Greene County Park Board and was a member of the Mayor’s Commission for Children. He has served on numerous advisory boards for Missouri State University and Evangel University, as well as the Breast Cancer Foundation of the Ozarks and the Community Advisory Board of Great Southern Bank. In addition he has served on the Board of Directors for the Rotary Club of Springfield and the Child Advocacy Center, and been a participant in the Leadership Forum for the Chamber of Commerce.
Rush currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Jordan Valley Community Health Center, Presbyterian Children’s Services, Ozarks Health Advocacy Foundation, ARK Foundation, and the Greene County 100 Club. He also serves on the Advisory Committee for the Missouri Supreme Court Attorney Disciplinary Committee, the Selective Service Board, the Good Community Committee and the Jordan Valley Advisory Board. He was honored in 2008 with the Bill Stalnaker Award.