The City of Columbia is a charter city with a Council-Manager form of government. Under the Council-Manager form of government, the Mayor and City Council establishes policy and law, and the City Manager handles the day-to-day management of the City organization.

The City Council consists of seven (7) members, each of whom shall be elected for staggered terms of three (3) years. One of the seven (7) council members shall be elected by the qualified voters of the city at large and shall be the mayor. The other six (6) council members shall be elected to represent each of the six wards. Council members must be qualified and registered voters of the city. The six (6) council members elected by wards shall be residents and qualified voters of the respective wards from which they are elected. Council members shall hold no other lucrative public office or position in city government during their terms as council members.

Those interested in serving on the City Council should review the City Charter, particularly Article II (The Council) and Article XVI (Nominations and Elections), and the City Code, particularly Chapter 2, Article III (Officers and Employees) and Chapter 19, Article II (Administration and Enforcement).  In addition, an election packet should be picked up from the City Clerk’s Office as it includes the petition form and other documents that will need to be completed as part of the filing process.  Those packets are available toward the end of September or the beginning of October annually as the first day to file is the last Tuesday of October and the last day to file is the fourteenth day before the deadline set by state statute for notifying the election authority of an election, which varies, but is essentially in early/mid-January.  

The terms of council members, to include the mayor (council member at-large) are staggered. Upcoming elections for council members are: April 2021 for the Ward 2 Council Member and Ward 6 Council Member, April 2022 for the Ward 3 Council Member, Ward 4 Council Member, and the Mayor (Council Member At-Large), and April 2023 for the Ward 1 Council Member and Ward 5 Council Member.   Election packets for the April 2021 election should be available for pick up at the City Clerk’s Office in late September 2020/early October 2020. It is recommended the City Clerk’s Office be contacted to verify the packets are available for pick up.

City Council Members

Meet the City Council

Brian Treece – Mayor
Pat FowlerWard 1 Council Member
Mike TrappWard 2 Council Member
Karl SkalaWard 3 Council Member
Ian ThomasWard 4 Council Member
Matt PitzerWard 5 Council Member
Betsy PetersWard 6 Council Member

View a listing of former City Councils

View the Columbia Ward Map

City Council Meetings

City Council Meetings are generally held on the first and third Mondays of the month at 7:00 p.m. in the Council Chamber, located in City Hall, 701 E. Broadway. You can view the dates of those meetings and other city government events on the City Calendar.

Archived City Council Meeting Information can be found as follows:
Agendas, Minutes, and Videos from May 2016 to Present (official)
Agendas and Minutes from 1996 to Present (unofficial)
Meeting Videos (Also includes Unofficial Agendas and Minutes)

Boards and Commissions

The City Council relies on the voluntary service of the citizens of Columbia to serve on its Boards and Commissions. Each board, commission, committee and task force has specific pre-requisites for membership and openings for these volunteer groups are generally advertised on the fourth Sunday of the month in both the Columbia Daily Tribune and the Columbia Missourian, and online.


View the City Charter, Code of Ordinances and previously considered ordinances and resolutions.

City Council Handbook

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