COLUMBIA — Attorney Nancy Thompson is set to become the new city counselor of Columbia if the City Council approves a resolution consenting to her appointment at its regular meeting on Monday.
Thompson, during a telephone interview on Friday, was careful to contain her excitement over the imminent appointment, saying she would be happy to talk at length about the job after getting the council’s nod.
The city counselor position opened up when Fred Boeckmann, who completed a 26-year tenure as city attorney, retired at the end of January.
Thompson is serving as the city attorney in Riverside. She was among five applicants who were interviewed on Feb. 1 and three finalists who were interviewed again on Feb. 13.
The selection committee of seven, which was headed by City Manager Mike Matthes, reviewed 30 applications for the position.
Deputy City Manager Tony St. Romaine also was a member of the panel.
“All three candidates were highly qualified for the position," St. Romaine said. "However, what stood out with Nancy over the other two was a vast experience of over 20 years in the public sector law and municipal issues.”
Thompson has had prior legal roles with the cities of Raytown, from 2007 to 2010, and Gladstone from 1993 to 2000.
She also has private sector experience with the law firm Ensz & Jester, where she handled select land-use related projects for municipal clients.
“The committee has no doubt that Nancy will step into the position without any difficulty and hit the ground running,” St. Romaine said, adding that “it’s our hope that the council will follow the city manager’s recommendation because we had such a competent selection committee.”
Other members of the selection committee were Bob Roper, Human Resources Director Margrace Buckler, Public Works Director John Glascock, former mayor Darwin Hindman and Jefferson City Administrator Nathan Nickolaus.
If approved, Thompson will begin her duties on April 8.
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