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For a week now, our community has been under new rules. Restaurants, gyms, hair salons and churches have re-opened their doors. We are in the hopeful beginning phases of finding a new normal. Our key words have gone from "stay at home" and lockdown, to recovery and reopening.

The state of Missouri is in the first phase of the Show Me Strong Recovery Program and the City of Columbia and Boone County have also issued the first step in reopening guidelines that have been in place for a week.


As confirmed cases of the coronavirus continue to rise in Missouri, the city of Columbia has responded (as many cities are in the absence of a statewide directive): by implementing its own stay at home order.

The goal is to slow the spread of the virus and keep our community safe, but this solution comes with its own complications. The directive has meant deciding which businesses are essential and which need to close their doors and send their employees home. Difficult decisions for a city leader.

Columbia Attorney Files Ethics Complaint Against Treece

Dec 2, 2019
Mayor Brian Treece
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Columbia attorney Dan Viets has filed an ethics complaint alleging Mayor Brian Treece has violated state campaign finance laws.

Viets’ complaint presents two allegations against Treece: that he failed to file required paperwork before accepting donations for a 2022 mayoral campaign and that he is illegally maintaining a campaign committee while he is a registered lobbyist.

Viets filed the complaint with the Missouri Ethics Commission on Nov. 19, according to a copy of the complaint he provided to the Missourian.

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City Manager Search Down to Two Candidates

Jul 2, 2019

The search for a new City Manager has narrowed down to two candidates as of Monday. Finalists John Glascock and James Palenick will go through a two-day interview process from July 10 to July 11. This process includes interviews with every member of city council, as well as sessions with senior staff members and a public reception.

Mayor Brian Treece says that his only bias going in is the best interests for the City of Columbia.

17 Acre Annexation Agreement Approved by One Vote Margin

Jun 18, 2019

The Columbia City Council meeting began with a somber introduction by Mayor Brian Treece as he proposed a moment of silence to remember Darwin Hindman, the former mayor of Columbia, who died early Monday morning.

Hindman, 86, was the longest-serving mayor in Columbia, spending 15 years in the position from 1995 to 2010.

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Details Remain Murky as City Manager Search Continues

Jun 6, 2019

City officials began interviews Thursday with candidates for Columbia's next city manager. The interviews, which were scheduled to be held throughout the day in the Howard Municipal Building near city hall, were closed to the public.

Columbia Mayoral Candidates Focus More on Policy, Less on Personal Attacks

Mar 21, 2019

Columbia’s two mayoral candidates talked largely about policy at a Wednesday night forum, including some issues that have received little or no attention at recent forums.

Mayor Brian Treece and challenger Chris Kelly fielded questions about how to help people with mental illness, whether to consolidate some city of Columbia and Boone County services and tax incentives, among other topics.

Treece Disbands Task Force on Medical Tourism

Jul 5, 2017

Mayor Brian Treece dissolved the Task Force on Medical Tourism, but he said the city's effort to brand Columbia the medical center of Missouri will continue.

Columbia Chamber of Commerce

Securing money for an expanding Columbia Regional Airport is a top priority for the Columbia Chamber of Commerce, according to an announcement from the chamber on Wednesday.

Advocating for “funding that will benefit the airport and new terminal construction” was on the Chamber of Commerce’s first-ever local agenda. The chamber unveiled the list of objectives at its annual Mayor’s Appreciation Breakfast in Columbia Wednesday.


The Columbia City council voted Monday night to approve a $440.9 million budget for the 2017 fiscal year. The budget included some increases in residential and commercial utility fees, and spending to hire four new police officers.

City Manager Mike Matthes provided a brief presentation over the utility fees and explained that although it may look as if there is a deficit in the budget, there is not.

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Columbia Police Chief Ken Burton says he would consider a buyout from the city to leave his job, according to a letter his attorney sent to Mayor Brian Treece.

Columbia has a new mayor and city council incumbents swept the night in mid-Missouri as the state took to the polls for municipal elections.