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2017 Council

Council Vacancy

Interviews for the vacant council seat took place on March 2nd and March 3rd, all 17 applicants were interviewed. The council discussed the applicants at the March 6th and March 13th work sessions.  Two candidates will be interviewed at a work session scheduled for March 27th at 6:00 PM.  If you have any questions, please contact our office at 763-706-3610.
Submitted Applications

Results of straw poll vote

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.


Donna Schmitt, Mayor  Schmitt200X296
John Murzyn, Jr., Councilmember
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Robert "Bobby" Williams, Councilmember  Williams200X300
Connie Buesgens, Councilmember  Connie Buesgens for website