Letter from the City Administrator
Welcome to the City of Bolivar home page! It is with great pleasure that the staff and I have the opportunity to serve and represent this fine community. The Internet provides us a unique opportunity to make ourselves available to every citizen and customer by bringing services and information from City Hall directly into your home or place of business. I hope you will take advantage of this service by browsing through the City’s website, and please feel free to e-mail me or other City Officials with any questions or comments you may have. Thank you for your interest in the City of Bolivar!
Duties and Responsibilities
As a City of the Fourth Class described in Section 79 of the Missouri Revised Codes, the City Administrator functions as the Chief Administrative Assistant to the Mayor. The City Administrator is appointed by the Mayor and approved by the City Council.
Duties of the City Administrator are prescribed by ordinance and include serving as the Chief Purchasing Agent, Budget Officer, Personnel Officer and Liaison Officer. The Administrator aids the Council in the formulation of City Policy, prepares the Council Agenda on behalf of the Mayor, works with City Boards and Committees and other duties prescribed by the Mayor and City Council. The Administrator has responsibility for all real and personal property of the City, sets administrative rule and regulations, coordinates the work of all Departments, investigates the affairs of the City, and implements City policies. At no time do the duties of the City Administrator supersede action by the Mayor and City Council or the Board of Public Works.
Mayor – Chris Warwick
City Administrator – Tracy Slagle
Tracy Slagle has been the City Administrator for the City of Bolivar since January 2018. As City Administrator, Tracy serves the City as Budget Officer and Personnel Officer. Additionally, Tracy has direct oversight of our Planning and Zoning, and Community/Economic Development staff as well as overseeing the general operations of all City departments. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Public Administration from Missouri State University. She has worked previously at the Center for Social Science and Public Policy Research at Southwest Missouri State University, Springfield Public Schools, and Associated Electric Cooperative. She brings over 18 years of experience in Public Administration, Human Resources and Benefits to the City. She is also a member of the Springfield Area Human Resources Association, the Missouri Economic Development Council and serves on the Board of Community Outreach Ministries of Polk County.
Tracy has been married to Chris Slagle since 1984. They have four children.
Finance Director – Natalie Scrivner
Natalie Scrivner grew up in nearby Springfield, moved to Cedar County in 1998, with her husband Greg to start a family business which continues today in seed processing, whole sales, internet sales and raising cattle. They have two married daughters, one daughter in college, three granddaughters and one step grandson.
Natalie started working as the city clerk in Stockton in 1996, while obtaining her certification as a Missouri Professional City Clerk from Missouri State University, a Master Professional City Clerk from the International Institute of Municipal Clerks, and has her Certified Court Administrator from Missouri Columbia University, and has served on numerous boards in her career. The city council in May 2018 created the position of Finance Officer, which Natalie accepted.
Natalie has over twenty-two years of experience in local government, with USDA, CDBG, FEMA and SEMA Grant Administration. She has extensive experience in disaster recovery from the 2003 Tornado that hit Stockton, and held an insurance license for over fifteen years.
Natalie started her tenure with the City of Bolivar in June 2013.
Police Chief – Mark Webb
Chief Mark Webb is a lifelong Missourian. He and his wife Cherrie live in Strafford. He has two grown daughters Tara and Tiffany.
Chief Webb holds a Bachelor’s in Criminal Justice, and a Masters in Criminology. He started his career as a Cadet in 1974 in Springfield Missouri and he retired as a Lieutenant after 28 years of service with the Springfield Police Department. He moved on to become the Police Chief in Marionville where he helped combine the Marionville and Aurora departments where he became Deputy Police Chief. After 2 years of service at the Marionville/Aurora Police Department he moved to Bolivar and assumed the position of Police Chief, where he has worked hard to upgrade their investigations, training, and fleet. Chief Mark Webb is committed to protecting our most vulnerable citizens: women, children, seniors and those who suffer from mental illnesses; he has become known as the Chief who cares too much. Chief Mark Webb has served as an Officer of the law for 40 years and has definitely earned the title of Legendary Crime Fighter and has proved himself to be a servant of the people.
Mark Webb began his tenure as Chief of Police for the city of Bolivar on July 9th, 2013.
Fire Chief – Brent Watkins
Brent Watkins has served as the Fire Chief for the City of Bolivar since September 1, 2019. Brent began his career as a volunteer firefighter for the City of Bolivar in 1999. He was hired as Deputy Chief in 2012 and also serves the city in the role of Emergency Management Director since that time.
Public Works Director – Jerry Hamby
I was born in Great Bend, Kansas, in 1961, but raised in Bolivar after moving to Missouri in 1965 when I was four years old. I graduated from Bolivar High School, have been married to my wife Jenise since 1988 and we have two daughters, Lorrie and Lacy.
My tenure with the City of Bolivar began in August 1992 as a laborer in the Street Department. In July of 2004, I assumed the duties of Supervisor of that department and held that position for 6 years. And in 2012 I took the position of Public Works Director.
Board of Aldermen
Bolivar has a Mayor-Board of Aldermen form of government with a Mayor and eight Aldermen. The Mayor is elected to a two year term; the Aldermen to two year terms. There is a city election the first Tuesday of April at which city officials are elected. The city is divided into four wards with two aldermen representing each ward. Each year four aldermen, one from each ward, are up for election.
Aldermen – Ward 1
Ethel Mae Tennis
Aldermen – Ward 2
Aldermen – Ward 3
Thane H. Kifer
Aldermen – Ward 4