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Columbus Council votes to remove Civic Center director

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The Columbus Civic Center unveiled Monday afternoon its new basketball court. They recently purchased a slightly used “All Star Plus” basketball floor from Robbins Sports Surfaces in Cincinnati, OH. They hope it will help attract additional business.
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The Columbus Civic Center unveiled Monday afternoon its new basketball court. They recently purchased a slightly used “All Star Plus” basketball floor from Robbins Sports Surfaces in Cincinnati, OH. They hope it will help attract additional business.

Update: In a letter provided to the Ledger-Enquirer, City Manager Isaiah Hugley recommended the removal of Jon Dorman from his position as director of the Columbus Civic Center. Read more here.

The Columbus Council voted at 12:15 today to allow City Manager Isaiah Hugley to remove Jon Dorman from his position as the director of the Columbus Civic Center.

Dorman was appointed to the position by the city manager after a unanimous vote of council Jan. 24, 2017. Starting with an annual salary $90,233, he replaced former director Ross Horner.

According to Ledger-Enquirer archives, prior to this position Dorman served as general manager of the Rabobank Arena, Theater and Convention Center in Bakersfield, Calif., which is home to an ECHL hockey team and college basketball team.

He also previously worked as assistant director of the Norfolk, Va., Department of Cultural Facilities, Arts and Entertainment.

Most recently he told council he had been working hard to bring hockey back to the civic center since the Columbus Cottonmouths announced their departure at the end of the 2017 season.

In April, he oversaw he signing of a five-year agreement to bring a yet-to-be-named Federal Hockey League team to the civic center for the 2019-2020 season.

The civic center is located at 400 4th Street and is home to over 300 event days each year, according to its website.

City documents show that for 2019 the center had an overall budget of $5.3 million and 23 positions allocated.

When Hugley went before council in 2017 to recommend Dorman for the position, he described Dorman as ”a certified facility executive” and “a credentialed manager for the International Association of Venue Managers.”

Hugley said Dorman came highly recommended by a selection committee that consisted of former Civic Center Director Ross Horner; Deputy City Managers Pam Hodge and Lisa Goodwin; and Financial Director Angelica Alexander and Human Resources Director Reather Hollowell.

“I believe Jon will be a good fit for the Columbus Civic Center,” Hugley said.

Ledger-Enquirer archives were used in this report. Check back for more information on this breaking story.

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