A native Floridian, longtime St. Augustine resident, and retired educator and school administrator, Jim Springfield is running for Seat 5 of the St. Augustine City Commission. Springfield, 69, has a desire to serve because he is deeply committed to the city and wants to help guide the community’s direction. He is concerned with environmental issues such as flooding and protecting green spaces, future development, continuing proper fire and police services, and available affordable housing. Springfield fully understands that planning requires a focused view of the future.
“I have lived in St. Augustine for over 30 years and have seen a lot of changes within that time,” Springfield explains. “I look forward to providing a common sense approach for the City’s future and addressing the key issues affecting this beautiful place we call home. My values include being a trustworthy, respectful, honest, caring, and fair leader for all residents and business owners of the City of St. Augustine.”
Springfield is the former Director of the Outdoor Education Center for Alachua County Public Schools. He has held several positions within the St. Johns County School District, including Assistant Principal for Murray and Sebastian Middle Schools and Principal of Gamble Rogers Middle School of which he was selected as the Region Principal of the Year in the State of Florida. In 1999, Springfield was named the first Principal of Bartram Trail High School and in 2002, became the Assistant Superintendent for Human Resources with the St. Johns County School District. Springfield retired in 2011 after 34 years in public education. Most recently, he served as Chief Human Resource Office for Flagler College from 2017-2022 and has also taught at the college as an adjunct professor.
Springfield’s strong history of service leadership eminently qualifies him to be among our St. Augustine City Commissioners. He is past President of the Florida Section of the American Camping Association. He also served as a member and officer in the Kiwanis Club of Historic St. Augustine, is a former member of the United Way Board of Directors, Past President of the Gamble Rogers Music Festival, and recently served the city for 10 years as a Trustee of the St. Augustine Firefighters’ Retirement Fund. Springfield served on the Board of Directors for the Florida Educational Negotiators for four years and since 2012, he has been a volunteer DJ on WFCF’s radio show Radio Free Oklawaha County.
Springfield and his wife Patty have been playing live music together in and around St. Augustine for over ten years. Patty is a former Orientation and Mobility instructor at the Florida School for the Deaf and the Blind.
Doug Wiles, President of Herbie Wiles Insurance and former Member and Minority leader of the Florida House of Representatives, has endorsed Jim Springfield for St. Augustine City Commission, Seat 5, saying:
“I’ve known Jim Springfield for many years as a public school principal, worked alongside him as a volunteer in community service organizations, and served with him as a Trustee of the City’s Firefighter Pension Fund. His background and character are qualities that will make him an excellent City Commissioner. St. Augustine will benefit from his leadership during these particularly challenging times.”
Learn more about Jim Springfield, Candidate for St. Augustine City Commission, Seat 5, at votejimspringfield.com and follow along on social media @votejimspringfield
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