Fred J. Parry

Fred J. Parry was elected as Boone County's District I Commissioner in November 2016 and sworn into office on December 31, 2016. Mr. Parry serves as the Commission’s liaison to the District.

Fred is a native of Liberty, MO and a graduate of the University of Missouri. Fred worked as an advertising executive of the Gannet newspaper chain before he and his wife started their own publishing company in 1994 creating several magazines including the Columbia Business Times, Inside Columbia magazine, Prime magazine and CEO magazine. Fred was also the co-host of the popular Morning Meeting radio program on KFRU from April 2001 through October 2008.

Fred has been very active in the local community serving as the Chairman of the Board of Trustees for Boone Hospital Center, past commissioner for the Columbia Housing Authority and former president of Columbia's Northwest Rotary Club. He has also served on the boards of the Columbia Chamber of Commerce, Arrow Rock Lyceum Theatre, KOPN Radio, the Missouri Symphony Society and the Food Bank for Central and Northeast Missouri. In 2006, Fred was named the Outstanding Citizen of the Year by the Columbia Chamber of Commerce.

Fred’s is the commission liaison to the Boone County Resource Management Department, home to planning, building codes, inspections, engineering and stormwater. Some of the other boards on which he serves include Boone County Senior Service Corp (The Bluffs), Central MO Events Center, Convention and Visitors Bureau, Downtown Leadership Council, Extension Council, and Regional Economic Development, Inc. (REDI).