In January of 1935, official notices began to appear on trees and fence posts that the intent to form a new town was in the making. On February 26, 1935 thirty-eight qualified voters met at W.B. Gray's Hardware and Lumber Company to select officers and organize a new municipal government. After the town officials had been elected, it was necessary to designate the official name of the municipality. There was only one name proposed and that was Springfield. This was accepted unanimously by the voters and the City of Springfield was born.
Under the leadership of its mayors, Springfield has evolved into a city that is the envy of many as it has no ad valorem tax, no sales tax, very little debt and an extremely stable city government. Springfield has changed from those days in 1935 when everyone had livestock in the backyard and dirt roads, into a thriving city with no unpaved streets, an up-to-date water and sewer system, a modern City Hall, innovative Police and Fire departments, a lovely community center, two beautiful walking parks, boat ramp facilities, sports field, playground and a brand new sports complex with two baseball fields and a soccer field. Springfield owns and operates its own cable system and is one of less than 100 municipally owned cable systems in the United States and one of only three in the State of Florida.
Additionally, the City of Springfield has its very own library complete with Internet access, five medical facilities, a State Veterans Home, three schools- Springfield Elementary School, Everitt Middle School, and Rutherford High School (Home of the Rams). The City has continued to be progressive in supporting the educational needs of its youth as well as the recreational needs of its residents.
Today Springfield boasts a population of over 8,500 within its four square miles and provides convenient access to "The World's Most Beautiful Beaches", shopping and nearby mall, restaurants and quiet residential areas. Over the years, Springfield has maintained its small town appeal and is a great place to live. We are proud of Springfield's friendly atmosphere and quality of life and we feel confident that as you get to know us better, you will share the same opinion. Welcome to Springfield...."Moving ahead, together."
Springfield Police Dept.
City of Springfield
3529 East 3rd St.
Panama City, FL 32401