Hugley taps choices for Finance, Codes departments

Angelica Alexander
Angelica Alexander

City Manager Isaiah Hugley announced today that he will nominate two city employees to be promoted to the director positions of their departments.

Assistant Finance Director, Angelica Alexander will be nominated to be finance director, to fill the position left vacant last year when Deputy City Manager Pam Hodge was promoted to her current position. John Hudgison, the current interim Inspections and Codes director, will be nominated to take over the department permanently.

Mayor Teresa Tomlinson said she concurs with both selections, and that Hugley will go before Columbus Council on Tuesday, April 26, the next scheduled business meeting of the Council for confirmations.

Since July 2015, Alexander has served as the city’s assistant finance director. She has been with the Finance Department since 2008, where she has served as senior accountant and budget/financial analyst.

“It’s good to be able to recommend such a qualified candidate that has come up through our own ranks. Angelica is the right fit for this important position,” said Hugley.

After graduating magna cum laude from Columbus State University in 2008 with a degree in accounting, Alexander worked in several finance based positions including senior reconciliation operations specialist at Synovus, bookkeeper at National Business Services and customer service specialist at Aflac.

“I am grateful for this opportunity to continue serving the city and the citizens. I look forward to serving our community for many years to come,” said Alexander.

Hudgison has served as the city’s interim director of the department since December. He has worked for the Consolidated Government since November 2009 as project administrator/project manager. He has managed more than 90 construction projects totaling more than $42 million, Hugley said in a release.

“John’s leadership since becoming the interim director has put the department on a path to

become recognized as one of the best in the state,” Hugley said. “He is certainly a shining star, and I am

excited about what he brings to our leadership team.”

Hudgison graduated from the University of Tennessee in 2006 with a Bachelor degree in architecture. Prior to working with the city, he worked with John I Rivers Associates as an architecture Intern.

“I feel privileged that the city has bestowed on me this responsibility, which I do not take lightly. I look forward to serving the citizens in this new capacity,” said Hudgison.

Hudgison has also received his Certified Building Official (CBO) certification from the International Code Council, Level IA Certification from the Georgia Soil and Water Conservation Commission, an associate member of the American Institute of Architects and helped the City maintain its Plan Development Process Certification with the Georgia Department of Transportation.

Hudgison is a native of Columbus and a 2001 graduate of Carver High School. He is married to Neicey Hudgison and has two young sons, Ethan and Aiden.

Hudgison replaces former director Greg Coates, who resigned the position in July of 2014 after failing to fulfill an administrative agreement to obtain International Code Council certification within two years after he was hired as director on July 10, 2012.