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City Government

The City of West Plains operates under a Home Rule City Charter, adopted by the citizens in 2014. It provides for a Council/Manager form of government. The city is governed by a City Council comprised of the Mayor and four Council members, who serve four-year terms. All Council members are voted on by qualified voters of the city.

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City Council

Jack PahlmannMayor Jack Pahlmann was first elected to the City Council in 2000, and was appointed Mayor Pro Tem in 2003. He was subsequently re-elected in 2004, 2008, and 2012. He was appointed Mayor in August, 2012 upon the death of his predecessor, and was re-elected Mayor in 2015. Mayor Pahlmann can be reached by calling 417-256-7176, or by e-mail at mayor@westplains.net.
StewartCouncilman Cary Stewart was elected in 2016. His term will expire in April, 2020. Cary can be reached at 256-7777 or by  by e-mail at cary.stewart@westplains.net.
Brenda SmithMayor Pro-Tem Brenda Smith was first elected in 2010 and re-elected in 2014. Her term will expire in April, 2018. Brenda can be reached by calling 417-256-0873 or by e-mail at brenda.smith@westplains.net.
Mike TopliffCouncilman Mike Topliff was elected in 2017 to a four year term. His term will expire in April, 2021, Mike can be reached by email at mike.topliff@westplains.net.
Josh CotterCouncilman Josh Cotter was elected in 2015 to a four year term. His term will expire in April, 2019. Josh can be reached by email at josh.cotter@westplains.net

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City Tax Rate

State sales tax 4.225%
City general 1.0%
City transportation .5%
City capital improvements .5%
County general 1.0%
County law .25%
County 911 .1875
Total           7.662%

 


Citizen Boards

Citizen's Board

Another important part of the city’s government process is the involvement of citizen boards. City Council appoints citizens to these boards as yet another attempt to involve the community in the decision making process. These board members make important recommendations to the City Council after studying the facts. Please contact us at City Hall at 417-256-7176 about any issue relating to these boards, which are listed below:

  • Board of Adjustments
  • Board of City Pride
  • Civic Center Board
  • Community Improvement Districts
  • Electrical Board
  • Galloway Creek Advisory Board
  • Housing Authority
  • Improvement Authority Board
  • Industrial Development
  • Land Clearance for Redevelopment
  • LEBG Advisory Board
  • Park Board
  • Planning Commission
  • TIF Commission
  • Tourist Development Council

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