Isaiah Hugley began his career at the Consolidated City/County Government as Assistant Director of the Department of Transportation/METRA in 1984. He was appointed director in 1988 and served in this capacity until appointed Deputy City Manager in 1998. In 2005, he was appointed City Manager of Columbus, Georgia, where he is responsible for more than 3,000 employees and a budget of $270 million dollars. Hugley is also an adjunct professor at Columbus State University, where he teaches local government management.
Hugley is one of Columbus’ finest public servants. He has received many awards and honors, including the Georgia City – County Management Association Pillar of Professional Management award (2015) and The Legacy of Leadership Award (2016). He serves on many boards and commissions, to include the Board of Trustees at his Alma Mater, Talladega College.
Hugley is a 1975 graduate of Spencer High School; a 1979 graduate of Talladega College in Talladega, Alabama, where he received a bachelor of arts degree in History/Pre Law; and a 1980 graduate of Mississippi State University, where he received a master’s of Public Policy and Public Administration degree. He is married to Carolyn Fleming Hugley, Georgia State Representative/Minority Whip. They have two adult children and two grandchildren.