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De’Carlon Seewood named next Columbia city manager


De’Carlon Seewood speaks after being introduced as Columbia's next city manager Monday at City Hall.

The Columbia City Council on Monday promoted De’Carlon Seewood to become the next city manager.

Seewood will replace John Glascock, who is retiring from the post Jan. 14.

Seewood’s first day running the city will be Jan. 15.

Seewood has served as deputy city manager under Glascock the past two years after serving as the city manager of Ferguson from 2015 to 2019.

“I am confident my experience in local government and in the city specifically will prove to be valuable,” Seewood said during a news conference Monday afternoon at City Hall, minutes after his promotion was announced. “I look forward to working with the community to make sure the city is an even better place to live.”

Seewood will be Columbia’s first Black city manager.

Seewood’s prior experience also includes serving as village manager for the Village of Richton Park, Illinois, from 2009 to 2015, the city manager for Berkley from 2007 to 2009 and the assistant city manager for Ferguson from 2001 to 2007. He began his career in local government working for the city of Fulton.

“I know De’Carlon Seewood will serve as a city manager who is strong enough to meet the challenges we face,” said Mayor Brian Treece.

Current city manager John Glascock smiles as De’Carlon Seewood is introduced as the next city manager Monday at City Hall.

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The announcement Monday concluded a six-month search process, during which Treece and fellow members of the council remained mum on any updates until 10 days before unveiling their selection. 

Treece defended the city’s search process, citing Monday a “very competitive labor market” and adding that “the political climate around these positions has also changed with polarization increasing and a lack of civil discourse at times.”

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