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New hire, road work in Columbia

By on July 11, 2018 at 2:58 pm

Changes are afoot in Columbia, as a new director of community development is added to the City Hall roll and the long-planned realignment of Gall Road at Route 3 and South Main Street gets underway in earnest.

The city council at their July 2 meeting approved the hiring of Scott Dunakey as the new director of community development.

“I am excited about Columbia’s growth potential,” he said. “I hope to help Columbia grow responsibly without sacrificing its unique character and identity.”

Dunakey most recently worked as the planning team leader for Professional Engineering Consultants in Wichita, Kan., where he spent almost 10 years. He graduated from Missouri State University with a Bachelor of Science in Community and Regional Planning and a Master of Science in Community and Economic Development from University of Central Arkansas.

He said growing up in St. Louis and Franklin counties, he remembers coming to Columbia to buy lottery tickets with his grandparents.

“Columbia is part of some of my fondest childhood memories, which I recalled when reading the job posting,” he said. “My interest grew after conducting research and making a visit. But I knew this was where I wanted to work after meeting several city staff members and aldermen during the interview process.”

Dunakey and his wife, Kim, live in Alton, where Kim works at BJC Alton Memorial Hospital. They have an 18-year-old daughter and 16-year-old son.

“I’m happy to be here and look forward to working closely with the community,” he added.

In other Columbia news:

• Columbia began its Gall Road reconstruction project this week at the intersection with Route 3 and South Main Street…>>> 

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Andrea F.D. Saathoff

Andrea is a graduate of Gibault High School and the University of Missouri School of Journalism, the University of Missouri Harry S Truman School of Public Affairs and Southern Illinois University Edwardsville College of Education. She lives in Columbia with her husband and their twin toddler sons. When she isn't cheering on St. Louis Cardinals baseball or riding the emotional roller coaster of Mizzou Tigers football, she enjoys attending and participating in the many family events the county has to offer. email: