Balance of power in Columbia City Council polarizes candidates' ideas

Friday, April 2, 2010 | 6:11 p.m. CDT; updated 11:33 a.m. CDT, Wednesday, May 5, 2010

COLUMBIA — When Columbia adopted a council/manager form of government in 1949, the city charter gave almost all power to the elected Columbia City Council members and the elected mayor. The city manager’s responsibility is to enforce and carry out policy set by the council.