Columbia’s city manager will deliver his first state of the city address next week.
De’Carlon Seewood, Columbia’s first African-American city manager, will speak Thursday morning at 11 in the council chambers at city hall. He began the position in January.
Mr. Seewood will reflect on the past year and will look the future as well, outlining key priorities. One of his top priorities has been city staff and pay. The city council this month approved a three percent across-the-board pay raise for permanent city employees. The council also approved a $1,500 one-time retention payment to permanent employees who’ve been with the city since March 2020.
The state of the city address is open to the public.