Bill Watkins' had held posts in Ohio, Illinois and Missouri.
Columbia will be pursuing two awards for excellence in business quality and leadership, including the Missouri Quality Award and the Malcolm Baldrige Award.
The lack of a detailed site plan played a part in the council's decision.
For the second time, the proposed pedestrian improvements at Providence and Business Loop 70 were tabled because property owners were not notified.
On Monday, the Columbia City Council will vote to allocate funds for a study to recommend improvements for the Columbia Regional Airport’s terminal.
The campaign in support of Proposition B, Missourians for the Protection of Dogs, has raised $2.38 million this year. Only about 3 percent of the contributions came from Missouri residents and groups.
The proposed ordinance would limit who controls SWAT raids and how operations should be conducted by police.
State public defenders' budget is causing problems as caseloads increase and staff levels remain the same.
Richard Wieman recently received national recognition for his accomplishments in the Public Works Department. He and his wife Sheila make sculptures out of trash in their spare time.
The authority restructured its public housing system in 2008 to allow properties more independence from the authority.
The commission voted unanimously Thursday to accept a plan that creates a road map for the expansion of east Columbia, whose population has grown in recent years.
Mayor Bob McDavid said unclear language could affect voters' opinions of a proposal to continue the city parks sales tax. The proposal will be on the ballot Nov. 2.
About 30 people gathered at The Blue Note on Wednesday night to listen to a panel discussion about civil forfeiture laws. The gathering was sponsored by the Americans for Forfeiture Reform.
City Manager Bill Watkins informed Green Aid in a letter that he supports Columbia's police officers' actions during a SWAT team raid in February. Green Aid said it was disappointed in the city's actions and the message it sends.
Hamilton said he does not know who Gov. Jay Nixon will choose to replace him. In 1989, Hamilton presided over the state’s first case to accept DNA evidence. After retiring, he will begin conducting arbitration mediation for Fulton law firm Riley and Dunlap.
A lawsuit filed by the Whitworth family claims the city and police officers violated their constitutional rights during a Feb. 11 SWAT raid at their Columbia home.
The Columbia City Council unanimously approved the budget for fiscal year 2011. It also approved the hiring of four firefighters, one police officer and two joint communications operators.
The council asked the Police Chief Ken Burton to provide more specific information regarding the camera model and price before it chooses how to proceed.
The budget for the 2011 fiscal year of the division, which works on vehicles and equipment for the city, was approved Monday night.
Bill Watkins first proposed a $385.5 million budget in July. The city council must now make its final decision on the fiscal 2011 budget.