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Columbia Police Chief Ken Burton

Columbia Police Chief Ken Burton has moved the department toward geographic policing to make officers more visible to the public and has switched the department to a 12-hour shift schedule.

One-year mark as police chief

Columbia Police Chief Ken Burton presents Matt Hibler with an award on Aug. 3, 2009, for heroic service at a fire in May 2009. Burton has been police chief for a year and has initiated a number of changes in that time.

David Wallace

David Wallace is director of the National Center for DWI Courts in Alexandria, Va.

Kimberly Smith

Kimberly Smith, 20, was set to graduate in May at Columbia College.

Missouri baseball player Jesse Santo vs. Purdue

Missouri's Jesse Santo puts the tag on Purdue's Cameron Perkins at third base. Santo had an RBI double Wednesday.

Whitt in his element

James Whitt, middle, huddles up with young men trying out for cPhase basketball league at the Midwest Sports Academy on March 20. Whitt is the executive director of cPhase and is running for a seat on the Columbia School Board in the April 6 elections.

Missouri softball pitcher Kristin Nottleman vs. Saint Louis

Sophomore Kristin Nottleman let up two hits and struck out six in a five-inning 8-0 victory in Game 1 of Wednesday's doubleheader sweep of visiting Saint Louis.

A census taker

Dorothy Perfecto is a census taker.

A census worker

Stephanie Brightwell is a census worker.

Census worker enjoys working with a variety of people

Richard Ham, 30, of Boonville, is an office clerk for the 2010 Census. Before becoming a census worker, he received a degree in computer networking information technology from the High Tech Institute in Arizona. Ham is also a certified massage therapist. “This is one of my favorite jobs I’ve ever had,” he said. “People are from all different walks of life, and I like that we’re all working toward a common goal.”

2010 Census partnership assistant

Francisco Forbes, 73, originally of Manhattan, N.Y., is a partnership assistant for the 2010 Census. This is Forbes’s first time as a census worker. Before helping out with the census, he was the director of events technology for Magnavox Research Labs in California.

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A group of census workers

Census workers from left: Nathan Swinger, 30, Cole Chambers, 50, and Wade Sanders, 59.

Crane migration

Former Mayor Clyde Wilson

In August 1998, former Columbia mayor Clyde Wilson reflected on his role in city government: "I think that to be able to be in a contentious situation and be able to maintain some sort of balance, ... not be upset by it, that's a skill that you get to practice in a lot of things like city council. Because one minute you'd be arguing with someone on council and the next minute you'd be on the same side of another issue." Wilson died Tuesday.

Holt campaigns in neighborhood

Columbia School Board candidate Dan Holt walks in the Grasslands neighborhood for leaving his campaign door hangers Friday morning. Holt is running for the second time after coming close to winning a board seat in 2009.

Holt hangs door tags

Columbia School Board candidate Dan Holt leaves a campaign door hanger in the Grasslands neighborhood in Columbia on Friday morning. Holt is running against James Whitt and Jan Mees.

Mees and mentee

From left, School Board member Jan Mees and her mentee Melanie Turner, a sixth grader at Smithton Middle School, talk about Turner's spring break plans over lunch on March 24. Mees and Turner have been eating lunch together once a week since Turner was a third grader at West Boulevard Elementary School as part of the Stand By Me program. "We're going to see this through the end of high school," Mees said.

Shaw announces run for associate circuit judge

Columbia attorney Kim Shaw, 49, announced her plans Tuesday to run for the associate circuit judge position held by longtime incumbent Larry Bryson.

Rock Bridge track team warms up

The Rock Bridge track team warms up for practice Thursday. The Bruins have 170 athletes on the team this season.
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