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Columbia city manager to retire in January

City Clerk Sheela Amin swears in City Manager John Glascock in Columbia City Hall on Thursday, Jan. 2, 2020.
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City Clerk Sheela Amin swears in City Manager John Glascock in Columbia City Hall on Thursday, Jan. 2, 2020.

COLUMBIA, Mo. (KMIZ)

Columbia's city manager said Thursday that he will retire next year.

John Glascock will retire on Jan. 14, 2022, the city said in a news release. He was named interim city manager in November 2018 after the resignation of Mike Matthes. The city council chose Glascock as permanent city manager in July 2019. Glascock began working for the city in 2003 and served in a variety of roles including public works director and deputy city manager.

The release says the city will begin a search for Glascock's replacement "in the coming months" using a consulting firm that has not yet been selected.

"I am grateful for John Glascock's steady leadership of the City of Columbia," Mayor Brian Treece said in the news release. "His skills and experience were critical for Columbia, not just during the pandemic and his three years as city manager, but during his 16 years as director of Public Works and deputy city manager. As city manager, John diversified the cabinet to better reflect the community we serve, improved transparency in city finances and helped restore confidence and public trust. I am grateful for his service to the City and our community."

One of Glascock's biggest tasks to start his tenure as city manager was hiring a new police chief after Ken Burton resigned. Glascock selected current Chief Geoff Jones for the role in January 2019.

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