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Covington: 100+ Workers Coming to Downtown, Klein to Get Raise

In Covington, more jobs are coming downtown, the city manager will get a raise, and an assistant city solicitor will take over economic development responsibilities.

Huntington Bank is proposing the relocation of 117 employees to its building at 6th Street and Madison Avenue, moving them from offices in Crestview Hills. The City of Covington will consider an economic development agreement at Tuesday's city commission meeting. The total number of employees in the building would be 133, with an annual total gross salary of $7.9 million.

Last month, the city reviewed Huntington's application for a Covington Jobs Development Incentive, and the committee unanimously voted to recommend approval of a 5-year, 1 percent payroll tax incentive, that would only apply to new jobs added.

The Huntington Bank news follows recent announcements about hundreds of jobs coming to RiverCenter with the relocation of CTI, and possibly dozens more with ClubEssentials weighing a move to Covington, too.

City Manager Larry Klein will see a raise for the first time in two years, according to the agenda for Tuesday's city commission meeting. Klein, who had been making $133,000 per year, will see his salary go up to $144,000. According to notes attached to the agenda, Klein received favorable evaluations from the city commission, and a review of similar cities showed that Klein's pay was less than market rate. Update: Klein says this item has been removed from Tuesday's agenda.

Meanwhile, assistant city solicitor Don Warner will be the city's new development manager. Warner takes over for Geoff Milz, whose resignation will be formally accepted on Tuesday as he returns to Colerain Township in Ohio to become assistant township administrator. Warner's salary will be $87,500. 

Also on Tuesday, the city commission is expected to hire a new code enforcement manager. Tom McDaniel will be tapped to lead the reorganized department at a salary of $42,000.

-Staff report