City Manager

City Manager: Mike Matthes Mike Matthes
Office: 701 E. Broadway
2nd Floor, City Hall Building
Mailing Address: P.O. Box 6015
Columbia, MO 65205
Telephone: (573) 874-7214
E-mail Address:
Fax: (573) 442-8828

City of Columbia Vision Zero

Mike’s remarks on the 2016-2019 Strategic Plan: videoopens in a new window or text

State of the City of Columbia – Programs and Priorities

City of Columbia Programs and Priorities 2018:


City Manager Mike Matthes became Columbia’s City Manager on May 1, 2011.  He was appointed by and serves at the discretion of the City Council.

Matthes previously worked with the City of Des Moines, Iowa, starting as an intern in the City Manager’s Office in 1996.  Over the years, he steadily accepted more responsibility as a management analyst in the Finance Department; as Acting Deputy Director and Acting Director of the Des Moines Municipal Housing Agency; and since 2001, as Assistant City Manager.  From 2007 until he left Des Moines, Matthes also served as the City’s Chief Information Officer.

Describing his approach as “servant-leader,” Matthes says his goal is to create a partnership with City employees and support the people who serve the community.

Matthes holds his Master of Public Administration degree from Iowa State University and his Bachelor of Arts degree in American history from Graceland College.  He and his wife Bobbie have two children.

About the City 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