The 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.
Ed DeGarisMr. Ed DeGaris was elected to the Council in April, 2009, representing the 2nd Ward. He retired from the Poplar Bluff Police Department in February, 2009 after thirty three years of service to the community. During Mr. DeGaris' career as a Police Officer, he received the department’s highest award in 1978, being named Officer of the Year. He is a past Mayor, having been elected Mayor in 2011, 2012 and 2013 and was elected to the position again in April 2016. He is a certified Councilman, having met the requirement of the Municipal Government Institute by Missouri Municipal League. Mr. DeGaris is married to Donna, has three children, Chris, Liz and Ross, eight grand kids and two great grand kids. He enjoys volunteering and giving back to the community.
Barbara HortonCouncilwoman 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.
Shane CornmanCouncilman 4th WardPhone: 573-718-3095Shane 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.
Robert L. SmithMayor & Councilman 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 term. 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.
Steve DavisMayor Pro Tem & Councilman At LargePhone: 573-718-2993Steve Davis is one of the At-Large Councilman elected in April 2017 for his first term. He is a graduate of Poplar Bluff High School, Three Rivers College and Southeast Missouri State University. Councilman Davis retired from the State of Missouri after serving 23 years as a probation and parole officer and also has ten years combined service with the Butler County Sheriff and Juvenile Offices. Councilman Davis desires to make a positive difference in City government and to help our community grow to its utmost potential, This is very important to him, having grown up in the area where many of his family members have been public servants. He is married to Donna and has two sons, Mitchell and Matthew. He is available to hear all concerns and to help seek out positive solutions for the citizens of Poplar Bluff. Steve is a certified Municipal Official and received his accreditation in 2018 through the Missouri Municipal League Governance Institute.