City of Columbia names Nancy Thompson as city attorney

Monday, March 4, 2013 | 10:57 p.m. CST; updated 11:43 p.m. CST, Monday, March 4, 2013

COLUMBIA  — The City of Columbia has  named Nancy Thompson as the next city attorney.

The City Council unanimously passed a resolution at its regular meeting Monday night to appoint Thompson, who is currently the city attorney in Riverside, as city counselor.

Thompson is expected to officially begin her duties April 8 and will succeed Fred Boeckmann, who retired at the end of January after serving 26 years on the job.

Thompson was happy with her appointment in Columbia.

“I’m thrilled and really consider this appointment a great honor,” she said. “I know it will be a challenge to replace Fred, a well-respected municipal lawyer I’ve known for many years.”

Thompson, a native of Sweet Springs, earned her bachelor’s degree from William Woods University in 1982 and is a University of Missouri-Kansas City Law School graduate. She has many years of experience representing public sector law in the cities of Raytown and Gladstone and has also worked in the private sector at the law firm of Ensz and Jester P.C., handling select land-use related projects.

Thompson, who was selected from 30 applicants, hopes her experience will be useful to the city.

“I’ve dedicated my career, spanning 25 years, representing exclusively public entities —  a clear demonstration of commitment to service,” Thompson said. “I hope to be accepting and accessible to the Columbia community.”

Deputy City Manager Tony St. Romaine, a member of the selection panel, said the committee had expressed confidence in her background and vast experience practicing public sector law and handling municipal issues.

“The committee has no doubt that Nancy will step into the position without any difficulty and hit the ground running,” he said.

Thompson said she and her husband have deep roots in Missouri. She grew up in Sweet Springs, and her mother lives at The Neighborhoods by TigerPlace in Columbia. Her husband, Randall Thompson, also a lawyer in Riverside, grew up in Harrison County. She has two children, Charles, 25, and Randall, 23.

Thompson said that the Columbia job allows her to be close to her family and also that Columbia has a reputation of being a great community.

“My family — mother, brother and sister — live in Columbia and I look forward to becoming an active part of the community,” Thompson said.

Supervising editor is Karen Miller.

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