The Town of Columbus operates under the council-manager form of government. In 2004 the Town switched from a council-administrator form of government to a town manager form of government. The Town Council saw a need to have more formal administration to handle and deal with the growth and change the Town is facing. The Town Manager conducts the overall administration of the Town as allowed by the North Carolina General Statutes, and coordinates all activities of the Town and all policies and actions of the Town Council.
The Town employees provide services of police, water, sewer, and street maintenance. Administrative staff consists of the Town Manager,Town Clerk, Assistant Finance Director, and Assistant Clerk.
The Town provides water and sewer service, and offers solid waste services, which are contracted to Waste Industries. All utility bills are collected at Town Hall.
Timothy Barth serves as the Town Manager for Columbus. He can be reached in person at Columbus Town Hall, at (828) 894-8236, or via email.
Monica Greene serves as the Town Clerk. She can be reached in person Monday-Friday at Columbus Town Hall, at (828) 894-8236, or via email.