Roy Richard Heffley
Mayor, City of Columbus
April 9, 1979 to May 13, 1991
May 2005 to 2009
Roy Richard Heffley was born in Kansas City, Missouri on April 10, 1942. He came to Columbus as a boy, when his father, who was a native of Colorado County, returned to ranch. After taking a degree from the University of Houston, and serving a two year stint in the army, Mr. Heffley bought a Columbus feed store from Ralph Meadows. He has owned and operated Heffley's Mill and Grain since 1967.
Before being elected mayor, Mr. Heffley served on the city council from 1977 through 1979. He was sworn in as mayor on April 9, 1979, and served until May 13, 1991. During his tenure, the city secured grants totaling more than one million dollars to renovate low income housing in town, completely renovated the city-owned gas company, doubled the size of the Nesbitt Memorial Library, created its archives division, and instituted its publishing program, and acquired and developed a new park on Montezuma Street. Mr. Heffley returned to city government in 1992, when he again took a seat on the city council until 1996. In 2004, Mr. Heffley once more ran and won the position of alderman. After the 2005 Mayoral Election, he was reelected Mayor of the City of Columbus and served until 2009.
In addition to his work in city government, Mr. Heffley has served as president of the Columbus Area Chamber of Commerce, as grand-knight of the Knights of Columbus Council 2971, as a member of American Legion Post 383, the St. Anthony Cemetery board of directors, the St, Anthony Catholic Church parish council, and the Columbus Booster Club. He has also been heavily involved with the Columbus Little League baseball program.