Contact Community Development
Scott DunakeyDirector of Community DevelopmentPhone: 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
- Business retention, expansion and recruitment
- Community information and promotion
- Grant application and management
- Main Street redevelopment
- Tourism development
Chris SmithCity Engineer/Public Works DirectorPhone: (618) 281-7144 x 107
Justin OsterhageBuilding OfficialPhone: (618) 281-7144 x 115Justin 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.
Sue SpargoCommunity Relations & Tourism CoordinatorPhone: (618) 281-7144 x 134Sue Spargo is responsible for coordinating, organizing, and promoting special events, serving as staff liaison to community organizations, coordinating tourism activities on behalf of the City and providing administrative support to the Director of Community Development on special projects.
Jessica UngerCommunity Development AssistantPhone: 618-281-7144 x 105Jessica 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.
Jason SchantzNeighborhood Improvement OfficerPhone: 618-281-7144 ext. 110