Columbia City Hall (2021 file photo courtesy of city of Columbia)

Columbia’s first African-American city manager receives high praise from Mayor Treece and council; choice was unanimous

Columbia deputy city manager De’Carlon Seewood visits with residents after being named city manager on December 20, 2021 (Brian Hauswirth photo)

Columbia will soon have its first African-American city manager. After a national search, the city council Monday afternoon named deputy city manager De’Carlon Seewood as the next city manager.

Mr. Seewood has been deputy since 2019 and has also worked in Fulton, Ferguson and in Osage Beach. He tells 939 the Eagle that the city must focus on the root causes of violence.

“So that’s looking at jobs, workforce development. It’s housing, it’s education, it’s those opportunities that we need to improve upon to provide for a better life for our residents that will help us eliminate those issues,” Seewood says.

Mayor Brian Treece emphasizes that the council’s decision was unanimous. He praises Mr. Seewood’s integrity, saying Columbia was looking for someone with vision and experience, and someone who values engagement and communications. Current city manager John Glascock will retire on January 14.

Mayor Treece says Seewood will support city staff and will push for progress in Columbia. Seewood received a standing ovation, from those in the audience.

“He understands the inner workings of the city processes and has proven his ability to listen to the desires and concerns of both employees and residents,” says Treece.

Glascock was in the audience for the announcement. Seewood praises Glascock, saying he led Columbia with compassion and professionalism.

Seewood also addressed city employees, saying the city must put staff first. He says a pay study is underway, adding that he will push for an accurate and timely completion.

Several city council members also spoke at Monday’s announcement, and praised the hire. Third Ward city councilman Karl Skala praises Seewood’s willingness to meet with the council, and his leadership style.

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