City Manager

City Manager Bio

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Kevin A. Catlin is a dedicated local government professional and management strategist with a desire to develop and maintain organization excellence and promote innovation. Apt in political effectiveness to promote equitable, fair outcomes and processes, Kevin has worked with the State of Illinois Governor and legislature to assist disadvantaged business enterprises (DBE) in securing revolving capital. The DBE revolving loan program was created to provide assistance to all DBEs that were ready, willing, and able to participate in Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) construction contracts with project financing costs through the availability of low-interest lines of credit. Kevin managed this program and provided technical assistance to all DBEs that qualified under the program. As an advocate and project management administrator, Kevin conducted the first comprehensive diversity assessment of IDOT’s 5,200+ employees. This assessment was utilized in human capital resources recruitment efforts department-wide.

Kevin’s ultimate passion is local government. He was accepted as a finalist in the ICMA’s local government management fellowship program and was offered a position with the City of Tulsa, Oklahoma. He was responsible for special projects management, conducting research, and overseeing technology operations and programs aimed at improving operational efficiencies. Kevin also served as a key member of Tulsa’s collective bargaining team and assisted Tulsa public safety departments with several reform measures. He was responsible for the Tulsa Police Department’s staffing analysis study in conjunction with the University of Cincinnati. He also served as project manager responsible for the Tulsa Fire Department’s staffing and operational study conducted by the Center for Public Safety Management, LLC (CPSM). Responsible for project management of all public safety (police, fire, and E-911), IT, HR, and asset management, Kevin was able to garner and promote trust in public government initiatives.

Kevin comes to Springfield from the City of Brookings, South Dakota. In this role he served as first-principal assistant to the city manager responsible for the management of information technology operations, budget/CIP, project management, including construction, and community development. Kevin brought many “big city” ideas to Brookings to automate and streamline processes. NEOGOV and Socrata were implemented under Kevin’s leadership to create more streamlined, transparent processes. He also overhauled the capital improvement plan to include more information and consistency throughout the document for easier understanding. In that role Kevin served as acting city manager on occasion, but really enjoys utilizing his skillset to add value to the quality of public policy, performance, and transparency.
Kevin embodies the notion of public service. Mark Twain said “the two most important days in your life are the day you are born and the day you find out why.”  Kevin was born to be a public servant. 


The City Manager is appointed by, and reports directly to, the Springfield City Council. He is responsible for daily administration of all city operations and the implementation of the policies and goals established by the Springfield City Council.

City Manager provides day-to-day leadership to the following department heads:

City Clerk
City Assessor
Finance Director
Public Safety Director
Public Works Director

Additional general areas of responsibility include budget preparation, facilitation of community and economic development initiatives, development and administration of employment policies, evaluation of department heads, and oversight of personnel issues (i.e. employee development and contract relations and negotiations).

It is the duty of the City Manager to keep the City Council accurately informed of City issues, and to research and prepare agenda items for the City Council meetings. The City Manager attends all meetings of the City Council, Planning Commission, and Economic Development Corporation/Tax Increment Finance Authority/Brownfield Redevelopment Authority Board.

The City Manager acts as the community relations liaison for the city; interacting with the City’s residential and business communities to exchange information regarding their needs, the City's needs, and available resources to meet those needs. The City Manager also works in consortium with other municipalities and agencies to develop and administer mutually-beneficial policies and programs.

Learn more about the council-manager form of government here