Main Street Bridge - Small

Contact Department of Finance and Management
Director Joe Lombardi
90 West Broad Street
Columbus, OH 43215
Office :  614-645-8200
Email : Click to Send Email 
Office Hours:
Monday - Friday 8:00-5:00

Finance Director's Finance and Management is led by Director Joe Lombardi and Deputy Directors Christopher Long, James Bond, and Eric Russell. Select learn more for details. - Learn More

Finance Director's Office

Director Joe Lombardi Photo 2019


Joe Lombardi was appointed by Mayor Andrew J. Ginther in February 2016 to lead the Department of Finance and Management. Director Lombardi leads a staff of 300 employees responsible for the facilitating, crafting and monitoring the City of Columbus’ operating and capital budgets, city fleet, facilities maintenance, procurement, real estate and construction management. Joe has dedicated over 25 years of service to the City of Columbus with a focus on procurement, financial management policy and administration.


Prior to joining the Department of Finance and Management, Director Lombardi worked for the Department of Public Utilities from 2001-2015 serving in various leadership roles including the Division of Sewerage and Drainage Fiscal Officer, Division of Power Administrator and Assistant Director for Fiscal Operations.

From 1999 to 2001 Joe led the procurement and fiscal operations the city’s recreation section within the Recreation and Parks Department’s.

Director Lombardi began his service with the City of Columbus in 1990 in the Purchasing Office. During his 10 years with the Purchasing Office, Joe served as a Buyer, Procurement Specialist and Fiscal Officer.

Joe received his Bachelors of Arts in Business Administration from Capital University in 1988. He is a current member of the Government Finance Officers Association (GFOA) and the National Institute of Government Purchasing (NIGP). Joe is also a board member of the Solid Waste Authority of Central Ohio (SWACO). Director Lombardi received the 2018 C-Suite Award, presented by Columbus Business First for the Most Admired Executive in the CFO category.

Director Lombardi Is Supported By The Following Team Of Directors:

Finance Deputy Director Christopher Long
Finance Deputy Director James Bond
Finance Deputy Director Eric Russell

Available Bios For Director Lombardi's Director's Team Can Be Found Below

Deputy Director James Bond Bio Photo

James D. Bond is a Deputy Director of the Department of Finance and Management reporting to Director Joe Lombardi. James has dedicated nearly 29 years of service to the City of Columbus with a focus on procurement and financial management.

Prior to joining the Department of Finance and Management, he worked for the Department of Public Utilities from 1992-2016 serving in various procurement and fiscal roles within the Division of Electricity, Division of Water, and Director's Office Fiscal Section.

As part of the department’s leadership team, James is responsible for the leadership and guidance of the Purchasing Office and working with the Purchasing Office staff and external partners.  He is critical to the implementation of both short and long-term Departmental objectives, which currently include implementation of the Disparity Study recommendations and other City-wide procurement efforts.

James holds a bachelor’s degree from The Ohio State University. He is a charter member of the Central Ohio Organization of Public Purchasers (CO-OPP), a chapter of NIGP: The Institute for Public Procurement and holds the designation of Certified Professional Public Buyer conferred from the Universal Public Procurement Certification Council.

Eric Russell Bio 2022

Eric Russell is Deputy Director of the Department of Finance and Management for the City of Columbus, Ohio. His responsibilities include, but are not limited to, overseeing the grants and asset management operations for the City. 

Prior to joining the City, Eric served as a Senior Manager in Crowe LLP’s Public Sector Consulting practice.  During Eric’s 13 years with Crowe, he served as a regulatory compliance specialist focusing primarily on the management and audit of Federal awards and contracts on behalf of Federal agencies and numerous governmental, non-profit, and commercial recipients and subrecipients. His efforts have included the planning and execution of audits in accordance with Government Auditing Standards, conduct and facilitation of organizational risk assessments, Uniform Guidance audit preparation activities, and the design, documentation, and implementation of internal controls over compliance and financial reporting.

In addition, Eric has worked with organizations to assess and enhance their internal controls, to plan for the procurement and implementation of financial management systems, and to evaluate and enhance business processes. Eric is a Certified Internal Auditor, Certified Government Auditing Professional, and a Certified Grants Management Specialist. He holds a Master’s of Public Administration degree from The Ohio State University (OSU) and a Bachelor’s of Business Administration degree from Stetson University. 

He currently serves as President of the National Grants Management Association’s Board of Directors, is a member of Thompson Grants Advisory Board, and serves as immediate Past President of the Board of Alumni Advisor’s at OSU’s John Glenn College of Public Affairs.