Mayor & City Council


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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.

For general questions about the City Council, mayor, or City Council meetings, please contact City Clerk Nicole Tingley at 763-706-3611. 


  • Meetings take place at 7 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. They are replayed on Channel 16 on the following schedule: Mondays at 7 am and 7 pm (unless there's a Monday night Council meeting), Tuesdays at 2 am and noon, Wednesdays at 9 am and 9 pm, Thursdays at 2 am, noon, and 7 pm, Fridays at 7 am, 3 pm, and 8 pm, Saturdays at 9 am and 7 pm, and Sundays at noon and 5 pm. 


Donna Schmitt, Mayor
Term expires 01-04-2021


John Murzyn, Jr., Councilmember
Term expires 01-02-2023

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Robert "Bobby" Williams, Councilmember
Term expires 01-04-2021


Connie Buesgens, Councilmember
Term expires 01-04-2021

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Nick Novitsky, Councilmember 
Term expires 01-02-2023