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Former Dayton Mayor Ken Rankle Dies

Former Dayton Mayor Ken Rankle has died after a long battle with cancer.

Rankle spent sixteen years at the city building, four as a city councilman and twelve as mayor (2002-2014) during which he oversaw extensive development progress in Dayton including the inception of Manhattan Harbour, and RiverPointe and Grant Park. Under his leadership, the city eliminated all bonded and credit debt and amassed a financial surplus that continues to keep the city's finances strong.

In a statement, the City of Dayton cited Rankle's work with the Northern Kentucky Home Consortium, the Campbell County Democratic Committee, Southbank Partners, the Northern Kentucky Mayors Organization,a nd the Municipal Government League as continuing to pay dividends for the city.

In 2014, Rankle lost his reelection bid to current Mayor Virgil Boruske in a bitter campaign. In 2015, the City of Dayton sued Rankle over alleged misappropriation of funds, a lawsuit that Rankle argued was motivated by retaliation.

Rankle owned a construction company and is survived by his wife, Susan, and children, Ashley, Allison, and Adam, as well as four grandchildren, Jameson, Jackson, Abel, and Ashton.

"Ken Rankle was one of the most loyal people I've been lucky to know, and he was a great example of service to others," said Joe Neary, a Dayton city councilman. "He gave so much of his time and energy to his friends, neighbors, and this community, much more than the public knows.

"His struggle is over now, your fellow citizens say, Thank you for your service and dedication, Ken. Job well done, we’ll take it from here.”

-Michael Monks, editor & publisher