Columbus city auditor retiring after 51 years

COLUMBUS (WCMH) — Hugh Dorrian’s name may not be the first thing that pops to mind when you think of city government.

But as NBC4 found out, Columbus has been on his mind for more than 5 decades.

Now, he’s counting down to November.

Way back in the corner of City Hall, you’ll find the city auditor. Dorrian got this job after the last auditor died in 1969.

“Some folks say I had a lapse of sanity and decided to run for public office as city auditor,” he said.

For more than half a century, he has balanced the needs versus wants of the city.

The 81-year-old is a first-generation American with Irish roots.

“I admit I am biased in favor of Columbus,” he said.

He’s worked with 6 mayors, including Greg Lashutka.

“He always cared about the little guy,” Lashutka said of Dorrian.

Lashutka credits Dorrian with figuring out how to deal with the “money pit,” the trash burning power plant.

“That was a huge drag on our finances,” he said. “And working with Hugh, we worked out a proper resolution that did not cause a problem for Columbus.”

Dorrian works where he always does–but in 6 months, he calls it quits.

“It’s been a good run,” he said. “I’ll probably shed a tear in November, December when I walk out of here.”

For decades, the auditor counted the city’s money. Now he counts down the days until he’s no longer auditor.

“It is a heartfelt thank you,” he said. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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