Columbus Council unanimously approved the promotion Tuesday of Finance Director Pam Hodge as its deputy city manager to replace David Arrington, who retired March 31.
Hodge’s title will be deputy city manager for finance, planning and development. She will oversee five departments: finance, engineering, inspections and codes, planning and community reinvestment.
“Having served CCG in an executive management capacity for several years, and been a part of its transformation and growth, I am excited about this opportunity,” Hodge said. “Working in finance, I’ve worked closely with all of the departments and divisions I will be supervising.”
Hodge has been finance director since 2007 and was assistant director since 2004. She has worked in city government for 20 years in cities such as Sarasota and Key West, Fla., and has held several accounting positions in the private sector. She graduated from Wichita State University in 1988 with a BS degree in business.
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Several members of Hodge’s family attended the confirmation, and after the unanimous vote of council, the room rose in a standing ovation.
“Congratulations, Pam,” Mayor Teresa Tomlinson said after the confirmation. “We’re so fortunate to have you, particularly because it will be seamless, to have you as the deputy city manager.”
The city’s other deputy city manager, Lisa Goodwin, oversees parks and recreation, Metra, public works, the civic center and the 311 call center.