Board Descriptions

Airport Commission

This board is responsible for the operation of the Columbus Metropolitan Airport. It has five members. The commission itself nominates three individuals for each vacancy. The Columbus Council fills the vacancies from the commission’ nominees. (Constitutional Amendment, Art. 5, Sec. 4, Ga. Laws 1968, page 1655.

Animal Control Advisory Board

This board monitors the operation of the Animal Control Enforcement Division of the Department of Public Services and renders guidance and assistance to this division. It has ten members, two of which shall be licensed veterinarians practicing in Columbus who are participating in the City’s one-stop pet registration-rabies vaccination program. The two veterinarian members are selected by the local veterinary association and confirmed by the Columbus Council. One member shall be an employee of the Environmental Health Division of the Columbus Department of Public Health, appointed by the Columbus Board of Health and confirmed by the Columbus Council. One member shall be a designated representative of the Muscogee County Humane Society, confirmed by the Columbus Council. Four members shall be Columbus citizens appointed by the Columbus Council. One member shall be the Chief of the Animal Control and Enforcement Division and one member shall be the administrative office of the Animal Control and Enforcement Division. (Columbus Code, Sec. 5-3)

Building Authority of Columbus

This board issues bonds to finance the construction and/or improvements of public facilities. It has five members. One member is appointed by the Columbus Council. The board meets only on an as need basis. (1945 Constitution, Art. VII, Sec. VI, Pa. 1, as amended Nov. 5, 1968, Ga. Laws 1966, Pg. 946)

Building Contractors Examining Board

This board determines the qualifications of applicants for building contractors licenses. It has five members. Four of its members shall be building contractors holding valid Columbus Contractor's business license. The fifth member is the Chief of the Inspection and Code Enforcement Division of the Department of Community Development. (Columbus Code, Sec. 8-12.1 through 8-12.14)

Columbus, Georgia Convention & Trade Center Authority

This board was established to supervise the manager, employees, buildings, grounds and operations of the Columbus Iron Works Convention and Trade Center. It has five members, all of which are nominated by the Mayor and confirmed by Columbus Council. Members shall be qualified voters of Columbus. (Columbus Code Sec. 2-121 through 2-126)

Columbus (Bull Creek) Golf Course Authority

This board is responsible for the operation of the Bull Creek Golf Course, Fountain City Golf Course and Oxbow Meadows Golf Course wherever the terms “Bull Creek Golf Course” or “golf course” appear in Ordinance 82-29 and amended April 8, 1997 by the adoption of Ordinance 97-35. It has nine members, all of which are appointed by the Columbus Council. (Ord. 82-29, adopted May 4, 1982, as amended by Ord. No. 94-41, adopted May 31, 1994), and amended by Ordinance 97-35, adopted April 9, 1996.

Community Development Advisory Council

The purpose of the Consolidated Government of Columbus, Georgia Community Development Advisory Council are: To provide an advisory function to the City Council of The Consolidated Government through its (departments and staff), an annual staff and annual program plan for the Community Development Block Program and other Federal Grant programs administered by the Community and Economic Development Department; to provide a forum (regularly scheduled meetings for the exchange of ideas and considering decisions regarding the Community Development Program and other Federal Grant programs; to provide a vehicle for communicating community needs betweens the citizens, Community and Economic Development Staff, other Departments and the City Council of Columbus, Georgia; to assist in determining the communities needs on all grant applications for Community Block Grant funds other available HUD Grant funds; to monitor program development (progress on approved projects) and routinely review expenditures as outlined in applications for funding and to recommend programs, activities or projects to Community and Economic Development Staff to under taken by the Community Development Block Grant funds and other HUD Grant Programs. Created by Resolution No. 670-97.

Convention & Visitors Board of Commissioners

This board was established to promote tourism, trade, and conventions in Columbus. It has fourteen appointed members, plus the Mayor who serves as an ex officio voting member and the executive director of the Convention and Visitors Bureau, who is not entitled to vote. Members are nominated by the Mayor and confirmed by the Columbus Council. One member shall be the owner manager of a hotel or motel, one member shall be selected from the food service industry, one member shall be selected from the board of directors of the Columbus Chamber of Commerce, one member shall be elected from the board of directors of Historic Columbus Foundation, ten members shall be selected at large. (Columbus Code, Sec. 20-91 through 2-99, and amended by Ord. 95-49)

Cooperative Extension Advisory Board

Section 4-613 of the original charter of the Consolidated Government provided that this board shall serve in an advisory capacity to the Department to cooperative Extension Service and the University of Georgia Extension Service for the consideration of policies of the department and recommendations for it administration and program development throughout the community. Even through this original charter section was repealed in 1980, the board continuous to function. It has five members, which are appointed by the Columbus Council. (Columbus Charter, Sec. 4-613, which was repealed in 1980)

Crime Prevention Board

The mission of Office of Crime Prevention is to provide leadership on effective and cost-efficient ways to prevent and to reduce crime by identifying truly outstanding crime prevention programs that meet a high scientific standard of effectiveness and that are innovative initiatives that help stop crime before it starts. The goal of the Office of Crime Prevention is to enhance and improve the services offered by various departments and agencies with an aim toward reducing crime and to directly impact the mission of preventing crime. The Office of Crime Prevention will work to streamline and coordinate crime prevention efforts in our city, and to ensure a high level of accountability to the citizens of Columbus, Georgia who passed the Local Option Sales Tax in the summer of 2008. There shall be an Office of Crime Prevention Board that shall be made up of seven (7) members, including the chairperson. Of the seven seats on the Board, one shall be held by a representative selected from the law enforcement agencies, including the Muscogee County Sheriff's Office, the Muscogee County Marshal's Office, and the Columbus Police Department. The representative shall serve a one-year term and may be reappointed for one additional consecutive one-year term. One shall be held by a representative of the educational community in Muscogee County to include but not be limited to the Muscogee County School District, Columbus Technical College, and Columbus State University. One shall be held by a Ft. Benning Liaison and the remaining three members appointed by Council from citizens at-large. Two of these three members shall be appointed from different senatorial districts serving Columbus in the Georgia General Assembly.

Development Authority of Columbus

This board issues bonds to finance private industrial and business projects. It has seven members who shall be residents and taxpayers of Columbus and are appointed by the Columbus Council (Ga Laws 1969, page 137-145 and Columbus Code Sec. 2-61 through 2-65)

Downtown Development Authority

This board issues bonds to finance private industrial and business projects for the downtown area only. Its seven members shall be residents of Columbus, not less than four of which shall, in the judgment of the Columbus Council, either have or represent a party who has an economic interest in the redevelopment and revitalization of the downtown development area. (Ga. Laws 1968, Page 1606 ; Ga Laws 1981, Page 1744, and Resolution No. 355-83)

Elections & Registration, Board of

This board was established for the purpose of carrying out the duties heretofore exercised by the Muscogee County Board of Elections and the Muscogee County Board of Registrars and which have the powers relating to the conduct of elections a primaries and the registration for voters and absentee balloting procedures that are provide for in the laws of Georgia. It has five members, consisting of one each from the two major political parties and three appointed by the Columbus Council. (Act No. 149 (H. B. 941) signed into law by the Governor on April 4, 1991) Its executive director is also appointed by the Columbus Council.

Employees' Benefit Committee

The mission of the Employee Benefits Committee is to advise and assist the Mayor and Columbus Council with respect to issues concerning the benefits provided to employees of the Columbus, Georgia Consolidated Government, including but not limited to, provision of a health plan, life insurance coverage, voluntary deferred compensation and similar benefits. The Employee Benefits Committee shall be composed of seven members, five of which shall be appointed by the Columbus Council, including two department directors or assistant directors. The sixth member shall be selected by general government employees and the seventh member shall be selected by public safety employees. The five members appointed by Council shall consist of one sworn officer from any public safety department, two members chosen from general government employees and two depart directors or assistant directors. The Director of Human Resources or his or her designee shall be an ex-officio member of the Committee. The public safety appointees shall serve for terms of two years. The general government and department director appointees shall serve for terms of three years. All appointees shall be eligible to serve two consecutive full terms.

Family & Children Services

This board is responsible for the operation of the Columbus Department of Family and Children Services. It has five members, which are appointed by the Columbus Council. (O. C. G. A. 49-3-2 and Columbus Charter Sec. 4-602

Health, Board of

This board is responsible for the operation of the Columbus Department of Public Health. It has seven members, two of which must be licensed and practicing physicians and three other citizen members, all of which are appointed by the Columbus Council. The Mayor and the City Manger serve in the other two positions by virtue of their title. (Ga. Laws, 1941, Page 937 and Columbus Charter, Sec. 4-601)

Honor, Board of

This board was established for the purpose of honoring deceased citizens through a continuing memorial program under which public activities, buildings, bridges and other facilities may be named for citizens who have distinguished themselves through service to the City. It has seven members, all of whom must be former Mayors, former City or County Commissioners, or former members of the Columbus Council. All of its members are appointed by the Columbus Council. (Columbus Code, Sec. 2-81 through 2-87

Hospital Authority of Columbus

This board is responsible for the operation of Muscogee Manor and Highland House nursing homes. It has nine members. The Columbus Council makes three nominations for each vacancy. The authority itself actually fills the vacancies from the Council’s nominees. (O. C. G. A. Sec. 31-7-72 and Columbus Charter, Sec. 4-621)

Housing Authority of Columbus

This board is responsible for all public housing projects. It is also, in conjunction with the Department of Community Development, responsible for the various urban renewal projects. It has six members, all of which are appointed exclusively by the Mayor. (Ga Laws, 1937, Page 210 and Columbus Charter, Sec. 4-620) (Increased by one member approved by Res. No. 444-99 pursuant to O.C.G.A. Sec. 8-3-50 appoints a Resident Advisory Board Member)

International Relations and Cultural Liaison Encounters, Commission on

This board was established to promote and coordinate communication, contacts and encounters between Columbus and the people of other nations and to facilitate cross-cultural communication and association among the various national groups in Columbus. It has twelve members, who shall serve four-year terms. Eight of the commission members shall be appointed by the Columbus Council, and four shall be appointed by the Mayor. The initial terms of all members of the Commission shall start on March 1, 1996. Post 1-3 shall be appointed for an initial term of one year, Posts 4-6 for an initial term of two years, Post 7-9 for an initial term of three years and Posts 10-12 for an initial term of four years. After their initial appointments, three commission members shall be appointed every year to fill vacancies created by completion of the terms of three commission members. Posts 1, 4, 7, and 10 shall be filled by appointment of the Mayor. Posts 2, 3, 5, 6, 8, 9, 11 and shall be filled by appointment of the Council. Commission members may not succeed themselves in office, except that each commission member whose initial term was one or two years may be appointed to one additional term of four years immediately succeeding that initial term. (Ordinance 96-7)

Land Bank Authority

This board was established to acquire tax delinquent properties in order to foster the public purpose of returning land which is in a nonrevenue-generating, nontax-producing status to an effective utilization status in order to provide housing, new industry, and jobs for the citizens of the county. It has four members, two of who are appointed by the Mayor and two appointed by the Columbus Council. (Ord. No. 92-12, adopted Feb. 11, 1992 pursuant to O. C. G. A. 48-4-60)<br>


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Medical Center Hospital Authority, Board of Trustees

This board is responsible for The Medical Center. It has nine members, which must be residents and qualified voters of Columbus. For each vacancy, the Columbus Council submits a list of three eligible persons to the Authority. From this list, the Authority itself selects one of the individuals to fill the vacancy. (O. C. G. A. Sec. 31-7-72)

New Horizons Community Service Board, Mental Health, Developmental Disabilities & Addictive Disease

Four members of this board are appointed by the Columbus Council. This board shall establish policy and direction for disability services planning, delivery, and evaluation, including outcome evaluation, within the West Central Region, and shall perform such other functions as may be provided or authorized by law. (Contact the Assistant City Manager for additional information)

Pension Fund, Employer’s Board of Trustees

There are actually four boards, which are responsible for the administration of the city employees’ pension funds. There are ten members. Three members are designated by title, five members by name, and two members designated by a combined process of election and appointment from the city departments under the supervision of the Mayor in his capacity as Director of Public Safety. The five person designated by name are selected by the Mayor a confirmed by the Columbus Council. Those members designated by titles are the Mayor, the City Manager and the City Treasurer. (Columbus Code, Sec. 16A-13(13.01), 16A-25(25.01), 16A-40(40.01), 16A-53(53.01)

Personnel Review Board

This board was established to make recommendations on personnel rules and regulations, hear appeals from employees, and investigate conditions of employment and report thereon at least annually to the Columbus Council. It has five regular and five alternate members. All members are appointed by the Columbus Council. (Columbus Charter Sec. 4-610 and 8-303, and Columbus Code Sec. 16B-1-5)

Public Safety Advisory Council

The mission of the Public Safety Advisory Commission is to recommend resources, public safety practices and policies, and citizens' responsibilities needed to achieve a safe community to the Mayor, Columbus Council and our Public Safety Departments. The Commission shall be composed of eleven (11) members, ten (10) to be appointed by the Columbus Council and one (1) to be appointed by the mayor. Each member of the Commission shall be a resident of Columbus, Georgia. Five (5) of the initial members shall serve an initial term of one year and shall then be eligible to serve for two additional consecutive three-year terms. Six (6) of the initial members shall then be eligible to serve for two consecutive three-year terms. Other than those members serving an initial one-year term, members shall not serve more than two consecutive three-year terms. Once appointed, the Commission shall elect a chairperson to preside at its meetings, which shall be held on a monthly basis. The Chief of police shall provide the Commission with clerical or administrative assistance. Notwithstanding any other provisions of this ordinance, members of the Commission shall serve at the pleasure of the Columbus Council.

Recreation Advisory Board

This board serves in an advisory capacity to the director of the Department of Parks and Recreation for the considerations of the department and makes recommendations for its operation and the advancement of recreational programs and facilities throughout the city. It has seven members. All members are appointed by the Columbus Council, but one member is recommended by the Muscogee County Board of Education and one member each is appointed from each of the four former Council District. The remaining two are at large members. (Columbus Code, Sec. 4-27 through 4-31) (Amended by Ord. No. 00-42, increasing the membership to eleven members to allow for the appointment from all eight Council Districts.)

Region Four Planning Board

The purpose of the Region Four Planning Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Disabilities (Formerly West Central Georgia Regional Board) shall be to provide and facilitate coordination and comprehensive planning and service delivery for the West Central Region in conformity with standards and procedures established by the Division of Mental Health, Mental Retardation and Substance Abuse. The West Central Georgia Regional Board shall establish policy and direction for disability services planning, delivery and evaluation, including outcome functions as may be provided or authorized by law. Membership of the West Central Regional Board shall be for a period of three years and until the member's successor is appointed and qualified. A member may serve no more than two consecutive terms.

Region Six Planning Board

The purpose of the Region Six Regional Planning for Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Disabilities (Formerly West Central Georgia Regional Board) shall be to provide and facilitate coordinated and comprehensive planning and service delivery for the West Central Region in conformity with standards and procedures established by the Division of Mental Health, Mental Retardation and Substance Abuse. The West Central Georgia Regional Board shall establish policy and direction for disability services planning, delivery and evaluation, including outcome functions as may be provided or authorized by law. Membership of the West Central Regional Board shall be for a period of three years and until the member's successor is appointed and qualified. A member may serve no more than two consecutive terms.

Resource Recovery Development Authority

This board was established for the purpose of developing procedures for recycling solid waste. It has five members, being the same individuals that serve on the Board of Water Commissioners. The Mayor serves as one of the members by virtue of his title and the other four are appointed by the Columbus Council. (Ga. Code Annotated, Sec. 69-1501(a) et seq. and Sec. 36-62-1 et seq. as well as Ord. No. 81-63, adopted June 25, 1981 as amended by Ord. No. 83-2, adopted February 1, 1983)

Retirees' Health Benefit Committee

Created by Ordinance No. 10-11 on February 22, 2011 - The Retiree Health Benefit Committee shall be composed of five (5) members, one member appointed by the Mayor and four members appointed by the Columbus Council. The Committee shall contain at least three active members of the Columbus, Georgia Retiree Health Plan. The Director of Human Resources or his designee shall be an ex-officio member of the Committee. The Mayor's appointee shall serve as Chair and shall serve a term of two years and the Council appointees shall serve for terms of three years.

River Valley Regional Council:

This is an area wide board, consisting of members from 16 member counties. Columbus has two representatives. (O.C.G.A. Sec. 50-8-30 through 58-8-101) Amended by House Bill 1216. (Formerly the Lower Chattahoochee Regional Development Commission) The mission of the River Valley Regional Commission as a local government organization of, for and by cities and counties within it's sixteen-county jurisdiction is to work together with member local governments for the betterment of all it's joint citizenry through visionary leadership, by the provision of cost effective services to member local governments, by promotion of quality growth through implementation of the Georgia Coordinated Planning Act of 1989 and other desired appropriate programs, by planning and implementing quality regional strategies, and through providing a collective approach to addressing issues of mutual concern to the regional community through consensus building.

Taxicab Commission

This commission has five (5) members that are appointed by the Columbus Council and consisting of tow (2) taxicab owners, one (1) taxicab driver, one (1) representative selected by the Columbus Chamber of Commerce, and one (1) representative selected by the Chief of Police. The members of the commission shall serve for terms of two (2) years and shall be eligible to serve two (2) full terms. The commission shall ensure that taxicab drivers are properly educated as to serving the public and shall ensure that drivers are courteous to citizens, are familiar with the territory of Columbus, Georgia, shall ensure that taxicab company owners and drivers maintain cleanliness and safety of all taxicabs and shall ensure that ordinance provisions including regulations governing taxicabs fees and charges are followed by all taxicab company owners. The commission will also hear appeals from denials or revocation of taxicab permits by the Columbus Police Department. (Columbus Code Section 21-14) (Increased by two members with one member representing the Columbus   Airport and one member representing the hotel/motel industry pursuant to Ordinance No. 99-23)

Tree Experts, Board of

This board administers examinations to applicants seeking certification for properly maintaining and/or removing trees on public property, acts on adjustment of standards applications, makes recommendations to the city arborist and the Columbus Council, and acts on other matters designated by the Columbus Code or by the Columbus Council. It has eleven members, all of who are appointed by the Columbus Council. (Columbus Code, Sec. 20-A-1 through 20A-24)

Uptown Façade Board

The purpose of this board is to provide and protect continuity in design and preserve the architectural integrity of the properties within the C-1 zoning districts as indicated by the Zoning Atlas of Columbus. It has nine appointed members. One member shall be a representative of the Historic Columbus Foundation, two members shall be representatives of Uptown Columbus Inc., and six shall be representatives of Uptown Columbus Inc., and six shall be representatives of the Uptown Business Association. Representatives of the Planning Division, Inspection and Code Enforcement Division and the Columbus Housing Authority also serve as nonvoting members (Columbus Code, Sec. 22-39.1(A) through (M)

Valley Partnership

The mission of the Valley Partnership is to enhance the development and promotion of commerce, trade, industry, and employment opportunities for the public good and to promote the general welfare of the Region.

Water Commissioners, Board of

This board has the responsibility for the operations of the Columbus Water Works. It was established by Act. No. 54, adopted by the General Assembly of Georgia on December 3, 1902. (Ga Laws 1902, Page 370-377) It has five members. The Mayor serves as one of the five members, the other four are appointed by the Columbus Council in the month of July for terms beginning the following January. (Ga. Law 1902, Page 370-377, Columbus Charter, Sec. 4-600)

Contact Clerk of Council’s Office at (706) 653-4013 if additional information is needed and for data bank cards to add names of individuals wishing to be considered for future board appointments.

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