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.
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.
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.