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2017 Council

Government Overview
The City of Columbia Heights is governed by a five-member council, consisting of a mayor and four councilmembers who are elected at large on a nonpartisan basis. The mayor serves a two-year term, with councilmembers serving staggered, four-year terms. Elections are held in November of even-number years. 
The City of Columbia Heights is a charter city and as such has a City Charter that determines the procedures of city government in accordance with state statutes and the Minnesota State Constitution. Under this charter, the city has adopted the council-manager form of government. The City Council appoints the City Manager, who is the chief administrative officer for the city.

  • Meetings take place at 7:00 pm - City Hall Council Chambers, 590 40th Avenue NE, Columbia Heights, MN 55421
  • Second and fourth Monday of every month
  • Meetings are open to the public and are broadcast live on Government Access Cable Channel 16  in Columbia Heights
  • The previous 6 months of City Council meetings are available on our On Demand page.

 January 3, 2017 (Work Session)
 January 9, 2017
 January 23, 2017
 February 6, 2017 (Work Session)
 February 13, 2017
 February 27, 2017
 Agenda Packet 

Council Vacancy

With the election of Donna Schmitt to the office of Mayor, there is a vacancy created for the remainder of her two year Council term. This vacancy is to be filled by appointment as stated in the City Charter; Chapter 2, Section 9.  Applications are available at City Hall, Information Window, 590 40th Ave NE or here.
All interested parties must complete application and deliver to the office of the City Clerk, Columbia Heights City Hall, 590 40th Ave NE. Applications must be received by February 23, 2017 at 4:30 PM.  The City Council will interview all applicants between February 23 and March 25, 2017. Questions can be directed to the City Clerk; 763-706-3611 or

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John Murzyn, Jr., Councilmember
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Robert "Bobby" Williams, Councilmember  Williams200X300
Connie Buesgens, Councilmember  Connie Buesgens for website