City Departments

The City of Columbia serves our citizens, businesses and visitors with a variety of departments. Please choose from the following selections to see what your favorite department is doing:


Whenever you call or stop by City Hall for assistance, chances are you will be greeted by a member of our Administrative staff. The main goal of our staff, under the direction of City Clerk Rhonda Loy is to provide you with the best possible service in a courteous, friendly and timely manner. If the staff is unable to answer your question or help you with your problem immediately, they will see that you are directed to the responsible person for attention.

Our office personnel assist the City Clerk in her responsibilities as the custodian of all city records, the preparation and collection of city tax bills, billing, collection of occupational license and payroll taxes. They also perform all bookkeeping duties related to the deposit and disbursement of all City funds as well as providing administrative assistance to all other departments, boards and City Council.

Police Department

The Columbia Police Department, under the direction of Chief Jason Cross, is committed to serving the community in a professional and efficient manner utilizing qualified and trained personnel and the most up-to-date techniques and equipment possible. It is the mission of the Columbia Police Department to safeguard the lives and property of the people we serve. In partnership with the community and on behalf of the city to improve the quality of life for all. Our mandate is to perform our duties with knowledge, pride, integrity, and honesty to maintain public confidence by conducting ourselves with the highest ethical standards. The Department consists of (12) full-time officers and (1) part-time officers, all of whom are certified by the Department of Criminal Justice Training. Certification requires the completion of a basic sixteen-week program in Law Enforcement at Eastern Kentucky University and a minimum of 40 hours of yearly continuing education classes in law enforcement related fields. Additionally, some officers are certified trainers in various fields: 3 Sergeants, 1 Detective, 1 School Resource officer and 1 DARE instructor.

Fire Department

A tragic fire in 1977, in which 5 lives were lost, was a “wake-up call” for City Fire Chief Michael Glasgow, who at the time was new to the job. Since that time, the Department has greatly increased in its up-to-date equipment and training for all firefighters. Currently, the Columbia Fire Department has 25 firefighters, all volunteer and all equipped with pagers. These firefighters are on-call at all times. All 25 are state-certified as training mandates and receive monthly trainings in current techniques.

Street Department

The City of Columbia Street Department under the supervision of Donnie Rowe, is responsible for all of the City’s streets, storm sewers and the maintenance and beautification of public properties. In addition to Mr. Rowe there are two other full-time employees in the Street Department. The department is regularly assisted by inmates of the Adair County Regional Jail through the Work Release Program to meet the demands of the workload which often varies with the seasons of the year.Among the tasks performed by the Street Department are street sign and traffic sign maintenance and replacement, snow removal, litter removal, sidewalk replacement, maintenance of all drainage systems, grass and limb cutting as needed as well as clean-up and beautification of the City’s public properties.The Supervisor of the department must be CDL certified by the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet in order to operate larger maintenance trucks. The Department must also follow all OSHA and safety guidelines.

Sanitation Department

Under the supervision of O’Shaunessy Frazier is responsible for all of the City’s refuse collection both commercial and residential and consists of 2 Refuse Collection Trucks. The department operates on a Monday thru Friday schedule regardless of holidays.In addition to O’Shaunessy Frazier, there are three other full-time employees.

Parks & Recreation Department

For more information click here to view The Jim Blair Community Recreation Center.