Exploring a piece of living history before it disappears

Hugh Dorrian's office isn't pretty. With its drop ceiling and faux wood paneling, it looks like a basement rec room from the 1970s. And for good reason. Dorrian hasn't changed the space a whole lot since Columbus voters first elected him city auditor an astonishing 48 years ago. Asked if he ever considered replacing the paneling that went out of style during the Reagan administration, he offers a puzzled look. “I don't believe in spending money when it's not necessary,” he says. With Dorrian set to retire at the end of December, we talked with him about his City Hall office, a time capsule of his remarkable life and career.

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