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Columbia city manager De'Carlon Seewood smiles before he joins host Fred Parry on 939 the Eagle's "CEO Roundtable" program (January 2024 file photo from 939 the Eagle's Brian Hauswirth)

(LISTEN): Columbia city manager De’Carlon Seewood appears on 939 the Eagle’s “CEO Roundtable”

Columbia city manager De’Carlon Seewood is celebrating his second anniversary on the job. He became city manager in January 2022. Mr. Seewood joined host Fred Parry in-studio Saturday morning on 939 the Eagle’s “CEO Roundtable” program. Mr. Seewood, who has 28 years of experience in local government, grew up in East St. Louis Illinois, before moving to Kansas City at the age of 12. He graduated from Kansas City’s Rockhurst University, before earning his master’s degree from the University of Missouri in Columbia. He began his career in mid-Missouri’s Osage Beach, before moving to Fulton, Ferguson and Berkeley and then to Columbia. Mr. Seewood and Fred focused on numerous topics during the show, including his hiring of new Columbia Police Chief Jill Schlude and the current CPD restructuring. Mr. Seewood tells listeners that the overwhelming majority of citizens he’s heard from who served on interview panels and who attended forums are pleased with Chief Schlude’s hire. Mr. Seewood also addressed January’s brutal cold weather and its impact on Columbia’s homeless population. He says Room at the Inn (RATI) traditionally saw about 70 guests prior to the cold spell and that once temperatures dropped to single digits, they reached capacity of 85. Mr. Seewood says no one was turned away and that anyone who wanted shelter received it. Columbia’s Room at the Inn (RATI) is now in the former VFW Post 280 building on Ashley street. It’s located near the city’s municipal power plant:

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