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State Auditor to Release Findings of Airport Board Special Examination

There will be recommendations that could change the governance of the Kenton County Airport Board.

Kentucky State Auditor Adam Edelen returns to Northern Kentucky on Tuesday to announce the findings of his office's special examination of the board that started late last year.

Edelen will make his announcement at 10:30 a.m. at Gateway Community & Technical College's Boone County campus.

"We will recommend changes to the board governance structure," said Stephenie Hoelscher, Edelen's spokesperson, to The River City News. What that means specifically is not yet known. Currently, all voting members of the board are appointed by the Kenton County Judge-Executive while eleven more members serve on an advisory committee.

The Cincinnati Enquirer reported Monday that Edelen's report would recommend replacing the current set-up with an 11-member board with full voting rights for three members appointed by Kenton County, three members appointed by the Governor of Ohio, the Hamilton County, Ohio Board of Commissioners, and the Mayor of Cincinnati, two members appointed by the Governor of Kentucky, two members appointed by Boone County, and one member appointed by Campbell County.

Kenton County would retain ownership of the airport which is located in Boone County, the Enquirer reported. The recommendations would change the structure first created in 1943.

Edelen began his examination of the airport board following reports of expensive trips abroad by board members, as well as alcohol and meals provided to members during meetings. The issue became the centerpiece of this year's Republican primary for Kenton County Judge-Executive. County Commissioner Kris Knochelmann defeated incumbent Judge-Executive Steve Arlinghaus, making the airport a consistent issue on the campaign trail and during Fiscal Court meetings.

Arlinghaus opposed legislation in Frankfort that would have created a special task force that would have examined the airport board's governance structure. The board's chair, vice chair, and a third member resigned during the examination

The Kenton County Airport Board has a regularly scheduled meeting on Monday evening at the Greater Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport. The River City News will be there and you can follow RCN on Facebook and Twitter.

-Staff report

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