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Columbia's City Council (2022 photo courtesy of city of Columbia Facebook)

Columbia’s mayor says strengthening relationships is key aspect of council retreat

Columbia’s City Council (2022 photo courtesy of city of Columbia Facebook)

Columbia’s city council members, the mayor and most department heads have just left this (Thursday) morning for a two-day retreat at the Lake of the Ozarks.

Mayor Barbara Buffaloe says city manager De’Carlon Seewood, the city clerk and the municipal judge will be attending. Mayor Buffaloe tells 939 the Eagle that the retreat is about strengthening relationships.

“You know at the end of the day, we need to have a strong relationship working with one another to help achieve the goals and the vision that our community members have set for us,” Buffaloe says.

One of the main goals is to improve communication and relationships between staff and the council. Mayor Buffaloe notes the council meets twice a month to vote on Columbia’s goals and ordinances, but that staff handles day-to-day city operations.

“The point of this retreat is finding what’s the best way for us to communicate with our city manager, and that’s the staff, on are we meeting those priorities? How best can they inform us on where there are opportunities for improvement, and where they need help or direction,” says Buffaloe.

The council will also hear an overview today about council meeting rules and will discuss the definition of equity. The retreat is today and Friday at Camdenton’s Old Kinderhook.

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