Whitley County Farmer's Market

Downtown Columbia City Saturday 8:00 am to 12:30 pm.
Parkview Hospital Parking Lot Wednesday 3pm to 6:30pm

Summer Events in CC

Independence Day Fireworks

July 3rd @ Morches Park

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Leatherman to become Police Chief

Columbia City Mayor Ryan Daniel recently announced the promotion of Sergeant Scott Leatherman to the position of Columbia City Police Chief. “Sergeant Leatherman is one of the most knowledgeable and experienced members of our department,” said Daniel. “He will bring a wealth of experience, leadership ability, and organizational skills with him, including a diverse military background and a focus on serving the residents of Columbia City.” Leatherman has served in multiple rolls within the department including patrolman, sergeant, and trainer. He has been a member of the Columbia City Police Department for almost 20 years and recently retired as a Colonel in the United States Army, after 32 years of service. “I am grateful and humbled for this opportunity to serve the community and the officers in this new role,” said Leatherman. “I also want to thanks Tony for the mentorship he has provided throughout his career, and his dedication as Chief over the last three years.”

Current Police Chief Tony Hively complimented his successor, “He is well prepared for the job and will be a great leader for the department. I look forward to seeing his leadership continue in this department.” Hively will be retiring from the Department after 20+ years of service to Columbia City. “This job has been very rewarding to me and I appreciate the opportunity to lead such a fine department,” said Hively. The transition in administrations will become official on July 16th, 2018.

With Leatherman moving to the Chief’s role, Captain Gary Parrett will remain in his role as Columbia City Police Captain. Parrett has been Captain for 3 years and was a patrolman with the department for over 13 years when named Captain. Of Parrett, Leatherman noted: “Gary’s unwavering passion for the community is what makes him such a great asset to the department!”

July 4th Celebration!

Please join us for our Independence Day Celebration on July 3rd!

Festivities begin at 6pm at Morsches Park with fireworks beginning at dusk.

City meetings relocated during City Hall renovations

City Officials announced today that the Second Floor of City Hall will be inaccessible over the next three months. From June through August, extensive renovations to the Roof, Ceiling, HVAC Units, Lighting, and other areas will prevent residents and city employees from accessing the second floor. In April, the Columbia City Common Council approved an energy-efficiency upgrade for City Hall, the Water Department, and the Park Office. “Once these renovations have occurred, the City will save potentially thousands of dollars per year in lighting, heating, and cooling costs.” said Mayor Ryan Daniel. “The project also provides a safe work environment for our Police Department and makes much-needed improvements to protect the integrity of the building.” City Hall was last updated in 1993.

With the renovations, many City Boards and Commissions will be moved to alternative meeting locations. Those Meetings, Dates, and Locations are:

Board of Works (5pm)/City Council (6pm) Meetings will be held at the following locations:

June 12th: Whitley County Government Center – Council Room (220 W. Van Buren Street)

June 26th: Blue River Apartments – Walter Building (904 Blue River Drive)

July 10th: Woodlands Senior Center (710 Opportunity Drive)

July 24th: Passages Creative Learning Center – 2nd Floor (333 N. Oak Street)

August 14th: The Center for Whitley County Youth (201 W. Market Street)

Columbia City Redevelopment Commission (Noon) Meetings for June through August will be held at the Whitley County Government Center (220 W. Van Buren).

Columbia City Housing Authority (5pm) Meetings for June through August will be held at the Community Foundation of Whitley County (400 N. Whitley Street).

Columbia City Tree Board (5:30pm) Meetings for June through August will be held at the Whitley County Chamber of Commerce and Visitors Center (128 W. Van Buren Street).

Columbia City Park Board Meetings for June through August will be held at the Parks Department Office at 1035 E. State Road 205.

Media contact: Teresa Green 260-248-5111


Visit Downtown CC

Since 1888, Columbia City has stood strong as the center point for commerce and family life in Whitley County. Historic homes and brick streets blend into the downtown corridor with unique shops and businesses for residents and visitors alike.

Scenes from Columbia City

3 reasons to love Columbia City

Whether you are moving into a new home or just stopping by for a cup of joe at Brewha, the City and its residents welcome you with smiling faces and open hands. This safe, hospitable community has grown tremendously over the past 20 years and they aren’t done yet! Enjoy the small town safety and affordability with the accessibility and convenience of big city amenities. With the Orthopedics Capital of the World nearby and the expanding defense and agricultural industries of Northeast Indiana, workers are needed to fill new and expanding companies. We know life is better together, so come be a part of our growing community!

  • Safe Community of friends

    Recently ranked as one of the Top 20 Safest Communities in Indiana, Columbia City prides itself on being a safe and attractive community for individuals and families. Firefighters, Police, and Dispatchers continually work along-side residents to enhance the safety of neighborhoods through proactive programs and practices.

  • There is a Home Waiting for You

    With a diverse housing stock and available lots, there’s a place for you in Columbia City. A quick look around the community will reveal a house of all shapes and sizes just waiting for a family to make it a home. Various available lots hold a world of potential where you can build the home of your dreams. With downtown revitalization, new career opportunities and a great quality of life, you’ll want to be planted at the heart of Whitley County!

  • Conveniently Close to Everything

    Columbia City is strategically located less than 20 miles from Fort Wayne, Warsaw, Fort Wayne International Airport and more than 1200 regional shops and businesses. Within a 600 mile radius is over 50% of all the Nation’s consumer base. That means less shipping time and costs for your business. But, Columbia City is not all about work. Nearby lakes beckon you to relax and enjoy your weekends. Small town eateries will delight your taste buds. And, a friendly conversation is waiting at every corner.