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The City of West Plains will provide high-quality services through operational excellence, enhancing quality of life and creating a model community people are proud to call home.

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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 Meeting Archives

City Charter

City of West Plains Children’s Park Proposal

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, 2012, 2015, and 2019. He was appointed Mayor in August 2012 upon the death of his predecessor and was re-elected Mayor in 2019. Mayor Pahlmann can be reached by calling 417-256-7176, or by e-mail at
Mayor Pro-Tem Mike Topliff was elected in 2013 to a four-year term. His term will expire in April 2021, Mike can be reached by email at
Councilman Johnny Murrell was elected in 2020. His term will expire in April 2024. Johnny can be reached by e-mail at


Josh CotterCouncilman Josh Cotter was elected in 2015 and again in 2019 to a four-year term. His term will expire in April 2023. Josh can be reached by email at
NeaseCouncilwoman Jessica Nease was appointed to the City Council in 2018 and elected to a three-year term in 2019. Her term will expire in April 2022. Jessica can be reached by e-mail at

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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
Ambulance District .5%
Total           8.162%


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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