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The City of Poplar Bluff, Missouri, is a third class city under state law and operates under an optional council-manager form of government. The City Council consists of seven elected Council members, one from each of five wards and two at-large members, each serving staggered three-year terms. Each year, members of the Council elect a mayor and mayor pro tem.


  1. Susan McVey

    Susan McVey was elected to represent the 1st Ward in April 2016 and is dedicated to do her best 24/7 in helping the citizens. Ms. McVey is a former Councilmember for the At Large Ward, having served from 2004 – 2014 and was Mayor in 2008 and 2009. She is also a Certified Municipal Official, a past board member and past President of Missouri Municipal League. 

  1. Ed DeGaris

    Mr. Ed DeGaris was elected to the Council in April, 2009, representing the 2nd Ward. He retired from the Poplar Bluff Police Department in February, 2009 after thirty three years of service to the community. During Mr. DeGaris career as a Police Officer, he received the department’s highest award in 1978, being named Officer of the Year. He is a past Mayor, having been elected Mayor in 2011, 2012 and 2013 and was elected to the position again in April 2016. Mr. DeGaris is married to Donna, has three children, Chris, Liz and Ross, eight grand kids and two great grand kids. He enjoys volunteering and giving back to the community. 

  1. Barbara Horton

    Councilwoman Barbara Horton was elected to Council in April 2016 to represent the Third Ward. Barbara volunteers for Haven House and Women Aware in her spare time and says these organizations are important to her since they offer opportunities for individuals to better their lives, the lives of their families and the community.  Ms. Horton attended TRCC and Arkansas State University and even though she has won awards for her writing, her biggest award/reward is when something she has written causes changes or helps an individual, family or community improve their situation in life. Barbara is available to listen to each concern a citizen has, examine the issues and find answers for those concerns.

  1. Philip Crocker

    Philip Crocker was elected to the 4th Ward in April, 2015. He is the son of Travis and Fay Crocker, a 1982 graduate of Poplar Bluff High School and a graduate of the University of Memphis. Mr. Crocker is also a Veteran having served in the United States Navy. He is currently a senior accountant at Black River Medical Center. 

  1. Councilman Robert Smith_Resized (002)

    Robert L. Smith

    Councilman 5th Ward
    Phone: 573-872-0550

  1. Councilman S. Davis_Resized (002)

    Steve Davis

    Councilman At Large
    Phone: 573-718-2993

  1. Councilman Ron Black_Resized (002)

    Ron Black

    Councilman At Large
    Phone: 573-718-7081