Contact Community Development

  1. Scott Dunakey

    Director of Community Development
    Phone: 618-281-7144 ext. 118

    Scott Dunakey works with the City Council, municipal staff, local citizens and business owners and managers to help direct Columbia’s future growth. A balanced approach to growth will help assure economic vitality and a positive quality of life.

    Scott’s specific duties include:

    • Long range planning
    • Zoning
    • Business retention, expansion and recruitment
    • Community information and promotion
    • Grant application and management
    • Main Street redevelopment
    • Tourism development

  2. Chris Smith

    City Engineer/Public Works Director
    Phone: (618) 281-7144 x 107

  3. Justin Osterhage

    Building Official
    Phone: (618) 281-7144 x 115
    Justin performs building inspections during various construction phases and enforces the code to meet the requirements and standards of the City of Columbia and to avoid nuisance violations and complaints. Justin is also responsible for all rental property inspections and new business location inspections to confirm regulation and zoning restrictions are met.

  4. Jessica Unger

    Community Development Assistant
    Phone: 618-281-7144 x 105
    Jessica handles the day-to-day administrative duties for the Building & Zoning Department including processing building permits; rental property certificate of compliance permits; occupancy permits for business, rental and home property; sign permits; and code violation notices. Jessica also arranges public hearings with the appropriate boards and committees when requested. 

  5. Jason Schantz

    Neighborhood Improvement Officer
    Phone: 618-281-7144 ext. 110