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Proclamation: Wednesday is Ivan Frye Day in Kenton County

Wednesday will be officially known as Ivan Frye day in Kenton County.

Frye served Kenton County as treasurer from 1982 to 2007 and was re-hired as a part-time staff member in 2013. Last year,when Covington Finance Director Bob Due was arrested, indicted, and ultimately sent to prison for embezzling nearly $800,000 from the city, Frye was called upon to serve several months as Due's replacement.

Kenton Co. Judge-Executive Steve Arlinghaus issued the proclamation during Tuesday morning's Fiscal Court meeting in Independence. Frye is currently battling cancer.

"Ivan's not doing very well and he's going through some troubling times right now and I just encourage all of you to say a prayer for him," Arlinghaus said.

Frye, 73, served the country in Vietnam and has been married for fifty years.

Covington City Manager Larry Klein said that Frye gave him his first job in government. In 2013, the roles were reversed when Klein brought Frye to City Hall.

"He was a great mentor. I learned a lot from him," Klein said. "I learned how to work harder and he was a great boss because he always left you alone to do your job."

Klein said that Frye was the right person at the right time for Covington when it was going through the embezzlement situation. "He really installed instant credibility and a calming influence on the (finance) department after what it just went through, and the whole city really," Klein said. Frye served until the city hired Lisa Goetz as Due's permanent replacement last December.

Frye learned Vietnamese prior to going to the combat zone, Klein said, and was a green beret who went on to earn bachelor's and master's degrees.
 
"He is a true public servant," Klein said. "He served his country, served his county, and he served Covington well, too."
 
Written by Michael Monks, editor & publisher of The River City News
 
Photo: Ivan Frye/RCN file