7/19/17 – A fixture in Columbus city government will be retiring in the fall. Ann Donahue has been with the city for 41 years and has been the full-time city clerk since 1988. Meeting as a Committee of the Whole, officials agreed by consensus last night to begin the process of searching for Donahue’s replacement. The job description will continue to be hammered out in future committee meetings. The city had already been in the process of hiring a new economic development director. Committee Chair Regan Rule noted that the clerk position is a more pressing need and the skillset of the person hired as clerk could impact the economic development directors job description. While officials will continue to search for a director, the clerk’s position is being given priority. Donahue’s retirement will be effective by the end of October.