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Welcome to Kirkwood!

Turn-of-the-century homes and a thriving business community await you in the City of Kirkwood, Missouri. Established in 1853, Kirkwood has long been known for its down-home charm, community pride, nationally recognized schools, vibrant business community, and its involved residents.

News & Announcements

City Hall and Most City Offices Will Be Closed on May 30 for Memorial Day

City Hall and most City offices will be closed on Monday, May 30, in observance of Memorial Day. There will be no sanitation collected on the holiday, and all route will be delayed by one day all week.  The Community Center will be open the entire holiday weekend, with the following hours:  Friday, May 27, 8:00 to 5:30 p.m. Saturday, May 28, 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.  Sunday, May 29, 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.  Monday, May 30, 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

City Will Hold Special Election in August

With the election of Council Member Timothy Griffin to the position of Mayor, a seat will be open on City Council.  The City will hold a special election to fill this Council seat on August 2. You must be a registered voter in the City of Kirkwood to run for office. 

Candidacy forms may be picked up beginning at 8:00 a.m., on April 12, 2016, at Kirkwood City Hall, 139 S. Kirkwood Road. The opening date for filing a declaration of candidacy for the office of Council Member is May 3, 2016.  The closing date for filing candidacy forms is May 17, 2016, at 5:00 p.m. The proper place to file is with the Kirkwood City Clerk, at City Hall, 139 S. Kirkwood Road. Additional information is available in the candidate packet, or you can call the City Clerk, Betty Montano, at 314-822-5802, or email her at: montanbk@kirkwoodmo.org.

City Will Hold Community Day at the Park for Second Year

The City of Kirkwood will hold a second year of "Community Day at the Park" events on three dates in 2016.  The first event will be held at Mitchell Park on Saturday, May 14, from 10:00 a.m. to noon.  Residents are encouraged to attend and to meet their City staff and elected officials in a fun, informal morning gathering. Since Mitchell Park is close to the City's border with Oakland, and since Kirkwood provides fire and police services to the City of Oakland, we invite Oakland residents to attend as well.

This will be the first of three Community Day events the City will host for residents in neighborhood parks.   These events will feature touch-a-truck exhibits with police and fire vehicles as well as booths staffed by representatives from all City departments - fire, police, electric, water, parks, Kirkwood Public Library, and others.

This is a great opportunity for residents to get to know their local government, ask questions, pick up some information, find out about volunteer opportunities, and learn more about the City's comprehensive planning initiative - EnVision2035. Light refreshments will be served.  

Mitchell Park is a "vest pocket" park with a playground and picnic area, located in the 100 block of Mitchell Avenue. The other dates are as follows, all from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon:

  • Saturday, June 11: Walker Park, 135 E. Washington Avenue.
  • Saturday, October 8: Kirkwood Park, 111 S. Geyer Road, corner of West Adams Avenue

CodeRED:  Sign Up for Emergency Alerts

The City of Kirkwood has implemented a new high-speed emergency notification system called CodeRED.  The new system will help us reach residents and business owners in the event of an emergency or a situation that needs your immediate attention.

This is a completely voluntary system.  That means that to receive notifications, residents and business owners must "opt in" and register for the system. To register, or "opt in," for this service, please follow the link below (click on the CodeRED logo at the bottom of this article) and follow the instructions.   



City Announces Selection of New Fire Chief

 The City of Kirkwood has chosen James L. Silvernail to be the City’s next Fire Chief.   Silvernail, who will take over from Interim Fire Chief Larry Bierman, is expected to start in mid-May 2016. Bierman was appointed as interim chief in October 2015, following the retirement of Fire Chief Tom Openlander.  Bierman has served in this capacity while the City conducted a recruitment process, with the help of GovHR USA. 

Silvernail most recently was employed by the Metro West Fire Protection District as a Battalion Chief. He has been in the fire service since 1997 and has served as a Battalion Chief since 2013. In that position he was responsible for the supervision of five fire suppression companies and four advanced life support units.  He has also been an instructor with the St. Louis County Fire Academy since 2001.

Silvernail holds a Master of Arts in Management, Human Resources, from Lindenwood University and a Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration/Finance from Northeast Missouri State University. He is in the process of completing the Executive Fire Officer Program at the National Fire Academy.   Silvernail was raised in St. Louis County and currently resides in Wildwood with his wife and children.

Silvernail was chosen from a field of more than 75 applicants in a recruitment process led by GovHR USA. The City narrowed the list to four final candidates, who spent two days being interviewed and participating in an assessment process that evaluated writing, team work, public speaking, and judgment.

“We are very happy to have Jim Silvernail join the City as our newest department head,” said Russ Hawes, Chief Administrative Officer for the City of Kirkwood. “He is well qualified and brings a lot of energy and enthusiasm to the Kirkwood Fire Department. We were fortunate to have so many qualified candidates to choose from, and we are confident that he will be a good fit with our management team, the fire department, and the community.” 

RECEPTION FOR NEW FIRE CHIEF: A reception for the City’s new Fire Chief will be held on Friday, May 20, from 2:00 to 4:30 p.m., at Kirkwood City Hall, 139 S. Kirkwood Road.  Please join us in welcoming Kirkwood's new Fire Chief, Jim Silvernail, and help us say thank you to outgoing Interim Fire Chief Larry Bierman, who came out of retirement to serve the City in an interim capacity since last October.

Stay in Touch: City Launches New Customer Service Mobile Application

Kirkwood Konnect is the City’s new FREE Mobile Application that allows residents, business owners, and visitors to report issues, request assistance, and get in touch with City departments and administration. For example, maybe after a month of snow, there’s a pothole you keep hitting every morning on your way to work, but by the time you get to work, you’ve forgotten about it.  Now you can use the City’s mobile application to report it before it slips your mind. (But please pull over and send your request safely from a side street or parking lot.)  

How Do You Get the App?  It's Easy!  It's FREE!  

First, search for “Kirkwood Konnect” in your Google or Apple App Store from your phone.  It’s FREE.  Then download it and install.  After installation, click on the icon, and the application will open up.  Click on “Create a Request,” and then select “Create [with] with photo/video/audio” or without, and the map page pops up.  You can slide the map around with your finger, and zoom in or out to find your location, or you can type in the location at the top of the page and the app will find it for you. Then hit “next” and select a report type, enter a description, and hit submit.  You can use the app to track the progress of your report later on.  If you need a response, be sure to provide a name and contact information.