Area Briefs, Springfield

Stoehr steps down


SPRINGFIELD — Leonard Stoehr, Springfield Ward 4 councilor, announced his resignation at the Jan. 23 meeting, citing a job transfer to Atlanta, Ga.

“Serving as a Springfield City Councilor has been a tremendous honor and I am going to miss being part of this team and this community,” Stoehr said. “It is a volunteer role like none other. It’s a tangible and direct way to support, improve, and champion an entire community. It’s a role I’ve held with gratitude.” 

Stoehr came to Springfield with his spouse, Patricia, and daughter, Anya, in 2011. He spent two years at Harvard College (1976-’78) before entering the workforce where he worked on freight docks and as a truck driver for Kellwood Company and Ralph Wilson Plastics in North Carolina, then for Arkansas Best Freight in Ellenwood, Ga. He served as a shop steward for ABF from 2000-’11. In 2011, he became a labor representative for Teamsters Local 206, and moved to Springfield a month later.  

“Councilor Stoehr has served with distinction, and we will miss his insight,” said Sean VanGordon, mayor. “However, a vacancy on Council opens an opportunity. It’s a chance for a new member of the Springfield community to invest in Springfield’s future.” 

Council will discuss the Council vacancy and recruitment process at an upcoming meeting.