CoMo You Know: Government

COMO YOU KNOW: Missouri Department of Conservation

The department administers about 10,000 acres in Boone County. Its website features a searchable atlas of the state's conservation land, including the wildlife people can expect to find there.

COMO YOU KNOW: Laura Nauser

Fifth Ward Councilwoman Laura Nauser initially ran for Columbia City Council in 2005 on a whim, submitting her petition just before midnight the day it was due.


Third Ward Columbia Councilman Karl Skala began his civic involvement by establishing the Hominy Branch Neighborhood Association.

COMO YOU KNOW: GetAbout Columbia offers residents transportation options

GetAbout Columbia encourages residents to walk and bike more often.

COMO YOU KNOW: Chris Kelly

Chris Kelly is a representative for downtown Columbia, including MU, Stephens College and Columbia College. 

COMO YOU KNOW: Stephen Webber

Rep. Stephen Webber, D-Columbia, has been a state representative since 2008. When he was elected, he was the youngest member in the Missouri House of Representatives.

COMO YOU KNOW: Caleb Rowden

Caleb Rowden is Missouri's 44th District state representative, and represents both Boone and Randolph counties.

COMO YOU KNOW: Kurt Schaefer

Kurt Schaefer is a member of the Missouri state senate. He has represented Missouri's 19th district since 2009. He is also a partner at the Kansas City law firm Lathrop & Gage.

COMO YOU KNOW: Columbia Fire Department

The Columbia Fire Department is responsible for all fires within Columbia city limits.

COMO YOU KNOW: Growth management planning

The master plan is part of a concept called growth management planning. Rather than allowing the city to expand willy-nilly, the commission is putting together recommendations for the Planning Department to codify into a written document.

COMO YOU KNOW: Eminent domain

The use of eminent domain is akin to the use of easements, which primarily allow the city government to acquire small parcels of land that are necessary for infrastructure development.

COMO YOU KNOW: Daniel Boone City Building

What is now the Daniel Boone City Building was once known as the Daniel Boone Tavern, a hotel and informal community center.

COMO YOU KNOW: Boone County Fire Protection District

The Boone County Fire Protection District has provided emergency services for the county since the mid-1960s and now encompasses about 500 square miles.

COMO YOU KNOW: Tax-increment financing

Tax-increment financing was authorized by the Columbia City Council in March 2008 as an incentive for development or improvement projects that eliminate blight and create jobs.


COMO YOU KNOW: Columbia Municipal Power Plant

The publicly owned power plant is operated by the city to provide not-for-profit electric service by burning coal, gas and oil.

COMO YOU KNOW: Columbia/Boone County Department of Health and Human Services

The Health Department located at the Sanford-Kimpton Building provides multiple servicesto Columbia and Boone County residents.

COMO YOU KNOW: Boone County Planning and Zoning Commission

The Boone County Planning and Zoning Commission advises the county commission on matters of land use.