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Covington Police Union: Little Accountability in City Government

This article was written by the executive board of the Fraternal Order of Police, Covington Lodge #1. It is published here as a contributed editorial.

In light of the plea agreement that was entered by former City of Covington Finance director Bob Due, the Covington Fraternal Order of Police Lodge #1 would like to release the following statement:
 
Mr. Due’s calculated criminal acts, over a period of several years, have affected the citizens of the City of Covington, the Covington Police Department, and the members of 
the Fraternal Order of Police Lodge #1 and their families. The members of the Fraternal Order of Police Lodge #1, and their families, have had to make many sacrifices and have endured many financial challenges because of Mr. Due’s theft. 
 
In 2012 the members of the Covington Fraternal Order of Police Lodge #1 agreed to drastic cuts in the contract with the City of Covington based on the financial statements 
that were being presented by Mr. Due and City Manager Larry Klein. The members agreed to these cuts as a way to help the City of Covington recover from the crisis it was facing. Mr. Due presented these statements, all the while knowing that these were not accurate because he was stealing money and placing it into his own account. The money that Mr. Due deprived the City of Covington could have assisted the city in meeting the needs of its citizens and employees without the drastic cuts that took place.
 
Based on the recent actions of the Covington City Commissioners and the plea agreement of Mr. Due, the members of the Fraternal Order of Police Lodge #1 feel that there is little accountability in city government for this theft of almost $1,000,000.00 from the citizens of the City of Covington. If Mr. Due is sentenced to 15 years in prison, as recommended by the Commonwealth Attorneys Office and based on current Kentucky guidelines, he could possibly be released from prison in 2 years and 8 months. With the credit for the time that he has spent in the Kenton County Jail, Mr. Due could possibly be back in Kenton County before the current contract with the Fraternal Order of Police Lodge #1 expires.
 
The Fraternal Order of Police Lodge #1 wants to express our gratitude and appreciation to Commonwealth Attorney Rob Sanders and his staff for the hard work and long hours that have been spent on this case. We understand that Mr. Due pled as charged to all of the crimes that he committed and a plea arrangement is the best way that Mr. Sanders felt that justice would be served. We respect and honor his decision not to take this matter to trial and cost the citizens of Kenton County more tax dollars. 
 
The members Fraternal Order of Police Lodge #1 and their families will continue to make sacrifices and endure hardships based on Mr. Due’s actions and theft. However, we will continue to go out each and every day to serve and protect the citizens of the City of Covington.
 
Covington Fraternal Order of Police Lodge #1 Executive Board