The Springfield City Council held the final of three planned listening sessions to hear from the community about crime and race relation issues.
The first session was canceled when only two people signed up to speak. The last two sessions were held at Drury University’s Breech School of Business.
The Council held the session as the “Committee of the Whole” where all members of Council are part of the meeting but it’s not an official, formal City Council meeting where they conduct final decisions on city business.
One speaker who seemed to resonate with Council was Tyler Drenon, who addressed the problems with mental health issues in the community and its impact on law enforcement.
Of note to Council members is that many times the people law enforcement has to deal with, especially when they are called to homes, are issues related to mental health.
“Our police officers shouldn’t be social workers,” Councilman Craig Hosmer said. “When the Greene County Jail is the biggest mental health facility in the county, that’s a problem.”
The Council set up the listening sessions because of the number of people who had been attending regular Council meetings and speaking on these subjects during the public comment time.