After more than 20 years of service to the Springfield community, Mayor Christine Lundberg is stepping down as Springfield Mayor effective immediately.

In her letter, the Mayor states, “I make this decision with a heavy heart. The role of mayor has been an enormous honor. Springfield is such a wonderful community. I have always felt blessed to serve as your mayor.”

“Mayor Lundberg’s service and dedication to the Springfield community has been exemplary and we’ve had many notable achievements under her leadership,” said Council President Joe Pishioneri. “We respect her decision and our focus now is on immediate next steps for the Springfield community.”

The Springfield City Council will appoint an interim Mayor at a future public Council Meeting. The details and date will be made available once determined.

Born and raised in Springfield, Mayor Lundberg grew up in a home where public service was considered an honor. After high school, she served her country by joining the Navy and attended the University of Oregon as well as Lane and San Diego Community Colleges.

She was elected to the Springfield City Council in 1999 and served Ward 1, the Gateway Area, for more than a decade. During that time, the PeaceHealth Hospital at Riverbend was built and transportation improvements to Interstate 5 and Beltline were planned. The first Bus Rapid Transit, known as EmX, route from downtown Eugene to downtown Springfield became a reality as well as the addition of the Pioneer Parkway EMX route.

Mayor Lundberg became the city’s 37th mayor when she was sworn in on December 6, 2010.