City Manager




John Glascock holds a Bachelors of Science degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Missouri and a Professional Engineer License from the state of Missouri. Glascock was hired by the City of Columbia in 2003 as the Public Works chief engineer and was promoted to Public Works director in 2005. In 2008, Glascock served as the interim director of Water & Light. In 2015, Glascock was tapped for the position of deputy city manager and led the reorganization efforts to form City of Columbia Utilities to include Water & Light, Sewer, Stormwater and Solid Waste. Glascock is a native of Boone County and has spent most of his life in the area. Glascock was appointed to be the interim city manager in November 2018 and was selected by City Council on July 15, 2019, to be the permanent city manager. After fulfilling the residency requirement, Glascock was sworn in as city manager Jan. 2, 2020.

About the Council-Manager Form of Government

Columbia, Missouri is a full-service city and has a Council-Manager form of government. The City Manager is appointed by and serves at the discretion of the City Council. The City Manager is responsible for the general administration of the City of Columbia, program coordination and development, preparation of City Council agendas, special staff reports, annual budget, and an annual statement of city programs and priorities. As Chief Administrative officer, the City Manager is directly responsible to the City Council for all operations of the city as well as implementation of policies and programs adopted by the Council. The City Manager appoints all officers and employees of the City except for the City Clerk and Municipal Judge. Appointment of subordinates is generally delegated to the appropriate Department Director.

State of the City

Interim City Manager John Glascock delivered the State of the City message on May 29, 2019.

View the State of the City in text format.