City Council interviewed seven finalists Tuesday and selected Lear with five votes in one round of voting. Finalist AJ Exner received two votes and finalist Theresa Martin received one vote. Lear is a retired partner of BKD, CPAs & Advisors. He is a certified public accountant.
Lear is a product of Springfield Public Schools, having attended Wilder, Pershing and Glendale and received a Bachelor of Science in Business majoring in accounting and business administration from the University of Kansas.
He has served in various board service capacities, included the Springfield Family Y, the Developmental Center of the Ozarks, Springfield Area Chamber of Commerce and the Springfield Business and Development Corporation. He served as the initial chairman of the Civility Project and is active in various arts organizations.
“I’m really grateful to have the opportunity to work in whatever way I can to help the City reach its potential. This is my lifelong home and I would like to see it continue to thrive for the next generation,” Lear said