Local Government

Galloway officially succeeds Schweich as Missouri state auditor

Gov. Jay Nixon listens as Boone County Treasurer Nicole Galloway answers questions from reporters on April 14 in the governor's office in Jefferson City. Galloway was sworn in Monday as state auditor, following the death of Auditor Thomas Schweich.

Former Boone County Treasurer Nicole Galloway was sworn in Monday afternoon as Missouri state auditor at the Capitol. She hosted a reception in her new office afterward.

West Central neighborhood planning process nears draft

The city will release the first draft of the plan for the West Central neighborhood on Friday on the city website and in hard copy at the Columbia Public Library.

Business Loop Improvement District board of directors holds first meeting

The improvement district's board of directors will meet next Monday to authorize an agreement with Boone County to collect the property assessment.

Boone County ready to name Kay Murray interim treasurer while awaiting governor's appointment

With Nicole Galloway leaving the ranks of Boone County government, the county needs a new treasurer. If Gov. Jay Nixon doesn't name a replacement to coincide with Galloway's swearing-in Monday as state auditor, the county commission will tap longtime previous county treasurer Kay Murray to serve in the interim.


UPDATE: County officials plan for contingencies preceding treasurer's departure

Treasurer Nicole Galloway will be sworn in as the new state auditor Monday. The Boone County Commission will meet Thursday to discuss who will take her place if Gov. Jay Nixon doesn't immediately announce her replacement. Republicans recommend Hallsville Mayor Cheri Toalson Reisch for the job.

Boone County agencies report plan to reduce student referrals to juvenile justice system

The Columbia City Council heard a plan to reduce student referrals to the juvenile justice system. The plan would establish guidelines and uniformity among Boone County agencies for handling school-related offenses.

Columbia City Council members take on state lawmakers' proposals

Legislation filed in the Missouri General Assembly seeks to undo or pre-empt ordinances passed by local governments, including Columbia.

Council votes against moratorium, Shakespeare's to be demolished

The Columbia City Council voted on Monday against protecting downtown buildings 50 or more years old from demolition for six months, clearing the way for the demolition of Shakespeare's.

City Council votes to form a Business Loop community improvement district

Columbia City Council voted 5-2 in favor of establishing a Business Loop community improvement district Monday night.

Council discusses projects for sales tax ballot

The current Capital Improvement Sales Tax, passed in 2005, is a one-fourth cent sales tax that generates $6.3 million a year, adjusted for inflation. The sales tax expires on Dec. 31 of this year, and the 2015 ballot seeks to add a 10-year extension.

Garth Avenue sidewalk project planned for summer

The city also plans to install a crosswalk with pedestrian push buttons and countdown timers at Garth and Worley.

Citizens PAC chipped in nearly $30,000 on Columbia council races

Citizens for a Better Columbia supported Ryan Euliss in the Sixth Ward and Dan Rader in the First Ward, but neither candidate won.

Boone County Treasurer Nicole Galloway to be next Missouri state auditor

Nicole Galloway has been Boone County's treasurer since Gov. Jay Nixon appointed her to the position in April 2011. She was elected to a four-year term in 2012.


Boone County neighborhood needs loan to pay for sewer hookup

Residents of the Manchester Heights subdivision northeast of Columbia are going to close their lagoon and connect to Boone County's sewers, and they're taking up to $270,000 in loans through the county to get the job done.

Ill-fated rescue reveals communication breakdowns, erroneous "pings"

Help arrived too late for Randy Fennewald after he fell off a bluff south of Columbia in October. The outcome of an hours-long search to find him raises questions about the reliability of technology used to trace the location of 911 calls and communication in the field.


Reliability of 911 calls to provide location under federal scrutiny

Federal rule changes are designed to improve accuracy of cell phone locator information.

Ruffin, Peters sworn in as council members

The First and Sixth Wards officially have new City Council representatives after a special swearing-in meeting Monday night. 

Downtown marchers aim to end black-on-black violence

First Ward Councilman-elect Clyde Ruffin and City Manager Mike Matthes joined about 100 others in a walk from Hickman High School to the Boone County Courthouse Plaza on Saturday afternoon.

Ruffin emerges from nine-candidate ballot to take First Ward City Council seat

The Rev. Clyde Ruffin, an MU theater professor and senior pastor at the Second Missionary Baptist Church, prevailed with less than 25 percent of the vote.

Trapp hangs on to win another City Council term in the Second Ward

Challenger Paul Love lost by just 83 votes. Trapp wants to focus on responsive government and "livable streets."