The Mayor and the six members of City Council are elected to staggered four year terms. The mayor and two council members are elected at-large and four members are elected from districts. Elections are held in the Spring of even numbered years.
The Mayor and Council make policy and enact laws, rules and regulations in order to provide for future community and economic growth. Additionally, the Council provides the necessary support for the orderly and efficient operation of City services.
You may write to any member of City Council at P.O. Box 147 , Columbia , S.C. 29217 . You can e-mail the mayor at firstname.lastname@example.org or click on the link at left for contact information for all Council members.
Columbia adopted the Council-Manager form of government in 1950 in order to provide the highest degree of professional and non-political administration of public services in accordance with polices set by an elected Mayor and City Council.
To download a copy of the SC Statutes for each form of government and the Statutes for how to change the form of government, click below.
Mayor-Council Form (Strong Mayor)
Changing the Form of Government
Strategic Plan FY 12-13 to 14-15.pdf