City Manager Recommends New Civic Center Director for Council Approval


City Manager Isaiah Hugley has selected Jon Dorman, to fill the position of the Director of the Civic Center. The City Manager will go before the Columbus Council for approval of his appointment on Tuesday, January 24th, the next scheduled business meeting of the City Council.
Jon’s facility, cultural and sports management career spans 25 plus years of experience. Most recently, as General Manager of the Rabobank Arena, Theater and Convention Center at AEG Bakersfield in California from 2013 to 2016, where he directed and oversaw all aspects of the promotions, management and operation of the facilities. Previously Jon worked as Assistant Director of Norfolk, Virginia’s Department of Cultural Facilities, Arts and Entertainment where he was instrumental in the promotion and management of the City’s cultural, sports and entertainment facilities. Jon began his career in facility management at the City of Orlando’s Venues Department and was eventually appointed as Deputy Director, where he assisted in planning, organizing and directing all functions of the five facilities within Orlando Venues.
“Jon has an impressive and proven record in managing cultural, sports and entertainment facilities,” said Hugley. “He comes highly recommended by our selection team which included former Civic Center Director Ross Horner, Deputy City Managers Pam Hodge and Lisa Goodwin, Finance Director Angelica Alexander, and Human Resources Director Reather Hollowell. I believe Jon will be a good fit for the Columbus Civic Center.”
Jon graduated from the University of Central Florida with a degree in Public Administration while working for the City of Orlando. He is a Certified Facility Executive (CFE) credentialed through the International Association of Venue Managers (IAVM).
“I’m excited for the opportunity to work with the staff at the Civic Center and the City of Columbus,” said Jon Dorman. “In addition to being part of this great community, I look forward to contributing to the expansion of programming and other opportunities for both existing and new business in Columbus.”
Jon was born and raised in Apopka, Florida. He has been married to Margaret “Peggy” Dorman for 26 years. Jon and Margaret will be relocating to the Greater Columbus area for his new position. They have one daughter, 24-year-old Nicole, who lives in Jacksonville.


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