Springfield officials are clamping down tighter on security at the Municipal Center East.
New rules require visitors to the building to show a photo ID and to state the nature of their business. The building houses the office of the mayor, the police chief, and City Water Light and Power administration. The changes were recommended in a security audit.
But a spokesman for Mayor Mike Houston says the rule will not apply to the monthly “Meet with the Mayor” evening sessions in Houston’s office. Nathan Mihelich says even city residents who don’t have a photo ID will be able to get a 10-minute face-to-face sitdown with the mayor during those monthly events.