City Administrator

Welcome to the City Administrator's page!  As a life-long resident proud to call Columbus my home, I am honored to serve my community in the role of City Administrator.  

The City organization, which includes all of it's employees, strive to provide efficient and effective services to our community.  It's our passion to make Columbus a great place to raise a family, work a job, or hang out and have fun!

Each month, I write a column (called "Under the Clock Tower") on the happenings, events and news related to Columbus, which is posted to this site - I invite you to have a look.

If you have any questions or concerns about the City, feel free to stop by City Hall and say hello!

- Patrick B. Vander Sanden

The office is closed on the following holidays:

  • Memorial Day, Monday, May 27, 2019
  • Independence Day, Thursday, July 4, 2019
  • Labor Day, Monday, September 2, 2019
  • Thanksgiving Day, Thursday, November 28, 2019
  • Day after Thanksgiving, November, 29, 2019
  • Christmas Eve Day, Tuesday, December 24, 2019
  • Christmas Day, Wednesday, December 25, 2019
  • New Year’s Eve Day, Tuesday, December 31, 2019
  • New Year’s Day, Wednesday, January 1, 2020

Under The Clock Tower - June

With 627 survey responses, eight community conversations, five meetings with the business community, and the March 12 community planning and potluck event, there has been a wealth of information gathered for the Road Map 2050 planning project for the city of Columbus. Road Map 2050 is a project to develop a comprehensive community facility and service plan that will guide Columbus into the future.

The Citizen Engagement Team (CET), which was created last fall to help develop the process to create the Road Map 2050, knew that in order for the report to be a workable, useful plan, significant citizen input would be essential. Mission accomplished. The time that residents took to attend the meetings and fill out the survey is exactly what was envisioned from the outset.

As the data collection phase of the project has wrapped up, the CET is busy reviewing it all so that a complete report can be finalized and presented to the community. Just as building the plan needed that community involvement, the release of the report and the follow up actions on it should be broad-reaching. The CET will be discussing the best ways to do that, including a follow up potluck or community event to celebrate the work done so far. Please stay tuned for further information on that.

All this being said, I give my personal thanks to everyone who took time to participate in the Road Map 2050 project to date. If you filled out a survey, attended a community conversation, business meeting or the planning and potluck event, your interest in making Columbus the best it can is appreciated!

As we move to the next phase of the project, I also want to express my ongoing appreciation to fellow CET members Liz Davis, John Russell, Ryan Duffy, Suzy Zietlow, Planning and Development Director Matt Schreiber, Mayor Michael Thom and our former Library Director Cindy Fesemyer. Cindy was the heart and soul of the Road Map project and we wouldn’t be here at all without her tireless work and leadership.

There’s a lot of work to do on this process but we should be proud that the map is becoming more clear to read.

If you have any questions on this or any other issue before city government, please contact me at City Hall at 623-5900 or via email at