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OverviewThe 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.
Shane CornmanMayor and Councilman 4th Ward
Shane 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. Mr. Cornman was elected Mayor by the Council in April 2023.
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 Fox-LaneMayor Pro Tem and Councilwoman 2nd WardPhone: 573-429-5271
Jerrica Fox-Lane 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-Lane 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-Lane 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-Lane received her Associates of Arts at Three Rivers College, and her Bachelors of Science in Finance and Banking from Arkansas State University. Fox-Lane was elected Mayor Pro Tem by the Council in April 2023.
Barbara HortonCouncilwoman 3rd WardPhone: 573-707-9596
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.
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.
Mark MassinghamCouncilman At Large
Mr. Massingham was elected to the City Council in April 2023. Mark was previously a member of the City Council from 1987 – 1990. Mark is a retired City employee who was hired in December, 1990 as the Finance and Personnel Director. He held that position until March, 2015 when he was promoted to Assistant City Manager. He was appointed by the City Council in July, 2015 as the City Manager.
Robert DuckettCouncilman At LargePhone: 573-714-2419
Robert Duckett was elected to a three year term on the City Council in April 2023. Mr. Duckett looks forward to serving the citizens of Poplar Bluff in his new capacity as City Councilman.