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
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
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
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
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 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.