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.
Council meetings are held on the 1st and 3rd Mondays of the month in the City Council Chambers at 301 S. 5th Street - Cedar street entrance.
Steve DavisMayor & Councilman At LargePhone: 573-718-0198Steve Davis is one of the At-Large Councilman elected in April 2017 for his first term. He is a graduate of Poplar Bluff High School, Three Rivers College and Southeast Missouri State University. Councilman Davis retired from the State of Missouri after serving 23 years as a probation and parole officer and also has ten years combined service with the Butler County Sheriff and Juvenile Offices. Councilman Davis desires to make a positive difference in City government and to help our community grow to its utmost potential, This is very important to him, having grown up in the area where many of his family members have been public servants. He is married to Donna and has two sons, Mitchell and Matthew. He is available to hear all concerns and to help seek out positive solutions for the citizens of Poplar Bluff. Steve is a certified Municipal Official and received his accreditation in 2018 through the Missouri Municipal League Governance Institute. Steve was elected by his peers as Mayor for the 2021 - 2022 term.
Shane CornmanCouncilman 4th WardPhone: 573-718-4022Shane Cornman filed for his first term on City Council in January of 2018. He wants to make a difference with the City's finances and help in finding a place for City Hall and the Police Department to go permanently. Shane was elected by his peers as Mayor Pro Tem for the 2021 - 2022 term.
Lisa Armes ParsonCouncilwoman Ward 1Phone: 573-718-3835
Lisa Armes Parson was elected as Councilwoman Ward 1 in April 2019. A lifelong resident of the City of Poplar Bluff, biggest part living in Ward 1. Graduate of Poplar Bluff High School & TRC. Lisa’s aspiration for serving on the council is to see that Poplar Bluff continues to grow; more importantly getting a permanent place for our police department & city hall along with an additional fire department. Lisa has two grown children that were raised in Poplar Bluff, Lance (wife Wendy), Brittney (husband Jeff) & four grandchildren. She enjoys spending time with her family & serving at her church, the First Church of God. Lisa enjoys serving her community & proud to be a citizen of Poplar Bluff. She is open to questions & opinions for positive solutions concerning what is best for the future of our fine city.
Jerrica FoxCouncilwoman 2nd WardPhone: 573-429-5271Jerrica Fox was first appointed by the Council in August 2015 for the At-Large Ward and was re-elected in April 2016 for the remainder of a three year term. Jerrica was elected again to City Council as the representative for the 2nd Ward in April 2021 for a three year term. Ms. Fox is a fourth generation Poplar Bluffian and the second youngest Councilperson in city history. Her late grandmother, Brenda Fox, served as Butler County Collector for 16 years, earning a reputation for her honesty, hard work, and dedication to the taxpayers. Jerrica has picked up the mantle of public service and is committed to helping ensure Poplar Bluff remains a vibrant community that attracts industry and professionals. Fox is a lifelong member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church and is active in Saint Anne’s Society and serves on the Board of Directors for Altrusa International of Poplar Bluff. Ms. Fox received her Associates of Arts at Three Rivers College, and her Bachelors of Science in Finance and Banking from Arkansas State University.
Barbara HortonCouncilwoman 3rd WardPhone: 573-778-7373Councilwoman 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.
Robert L. SmithCouncilman 5th WardPhone: 573-872-0550 or 573-718-0438Robert L. Smith was first elected to City Council in April, 2002 in the Fifth Ward. He was re-elected in 2005 and was elected by as Mayor Pro Tem by members of Council. He was re-elected two more terms through 2011, when he was elected Mayor Pro Tem for a second time. In 2014 he was defeated but was re-elected in 2017. Councilman Smith was elected by his peers as Mayor of the City of Poplar Bluff for the 2019 - 2020 and 2020 - 2021 terms. Councilman Smith worked for Operation Off-Street, and the Poplar Bluff School District. He is a certified member of Missouri Municipal League and Municipal Government Institute.
Chris TaylorCouncilwoman At-LargePhone: 573-772-1251Councilwoman Chris Taylor was elected to council in June of 2020 as one of the At-Large Council members. Chris has lived and worked in Poplar Bluff for the past 30 years. Chris is married to Travis, who works for the Poplar Bluff Fire Department, and they have two teenage children, Tate and Bailey. Chris and her family attend Fellowship General Baptist Church.
Chris hopes to bring a more welcoming and common sense approach to the Council. Chris looks forward to working for the citizens of Poplar Bluff and welcomes any questions or concerns you may have and will do her due diligence to find an answer to your questions and/or a position solution to your concerns.