New Sensation: Neil Obringer, City of Springfield, Management Analyst

Posted on January 2, 2014


We’re back with the new “New Sensation” feature. We’ve updated the questions based on your feedback. You’ll now learn about the best YouTube videos on the web, read about gift ideas for the holiday season, and learn about the career accomplishments of our new members.  As a reminder, we developed this feature to introduce you to new ELGL members and as a way on connecting ELGL members with similar interests.


Neil Obringer


City of Springfield (OR), Management Analyst

Work Experience: LocalWorks Supervisor, NEDCO (Neighborhood Economic Development Corporation), Management Services Coordinator, City of Savannah, and Public Management Intern, City of Lake Oswego

Education: University of Oregon, BS, Planning, Public Policy & Management and University of Oregon, MPA, Master of Public Administration

Published Works: Internal perceptions of process evaluation in a community-based participatory research partnership

Connect: LinkedIn

Connect with Springfield: Facebook, Twitter, World Wide Web, and YouTube

Lightning Round with Neil

Tell us about three of your biggest accomplishments.the_last_99_miles_35_button

  • Rock climbing 5.11/V6
  • Being an ICMA fellow
  • Biking a 100 miles in 8 hours

Top three holiday gifts that you’ve received. Given?

  • Annual climbing gym pass (received)
  • Selection of favorite micro brews (received)
  • New Bike! (given)

(Complete this sentence) I feel old when I……..

Waiting for the bus with high schoolers.25ca7a9d8a5b0ad39f7a078c74571ac9

Tell us about two mistakes that you’ve made that we can learn from.

  • Not carving out enough time from work in past years for family and hobbies.
  • Rock climbing without a helmet.

How did you hear about ELGL? From other young professionals employed in local govt.

Give us a few of your favorite YouTube videos.

Youtube? Not the biggest fan. But, I am pretty impressed by some of the funny dog photos on Buzzfeed.


Our annual conference will be held in October 2014. Name three topics or speakers that we should consider.

  • New ideas for how to fund street maintenance/capital.
  • Would like to hear from current/past city managers about how they got into the field.
  • Would like to hear from current/past city managers about where they see the city management profession heading over the next 10 years.

(Complete these phrases)

Best thing about the 80’s was…….being born.
Best thing about the 90’s was…… pogs.



Best thing about the 00’s was….. plaid.
Best thing about last year was…..getting great new job.

Name three of your mentors and describe them in five words.

  • My father – Committed, persistent, irrational.

First concert you ever saw? Last concert you saw?

  • 1st – Hot Rod Circuit in downtown Portland.
  • Last – Some random indie/blues/country band.

Fast forward one year, what will factor into your decision on whether to renew your ELGL membership?

Will I have made any connections with other young professionals in the local govt scene in Oregon.

 What questions should we have asked?

        Favorite waffle toppings.

Supplemental Reading4e07e4c9897cc.preview-300

Albany’s think tank

Oregon Solutions Report – Curry County

Ancient Heritage Dairy – Hannah Bridge – Good Food Awards

Neighborhood Economic Development Corporation

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