Covington Names Permanent Fire Chief, Agrees to Place Officer at Holmes
This article has been corrected to remove a note about Michael Bartlett (whose name was inaccurately spelled as Barnett), referenced as city solicitor. He is senior assistant city solicitor. Starr Ford was hired to fill a vacancy left by a different former assistant city solicitor. RCN regrets the error.
After five months as interim fire chief, Mark Pierce is now officially the chief of the Covington Fire Department.
“[He] served very well as the interim for five months,” City Manager David Johnston said. “His experience will continue to help the department and city evolve.”
Johnston used Pierce’s promotion to touch on the fire department's need for a management and development effort or program like there is with the police department, saying that he believes that is something that needs to be worked on in the future.
“In talking with Mark, I know he is committed to working with his management team in the fire department to develop this management training program and to seek new ideas of taking our fire department further into the 21st century,” Johnston said.
Mayor Joe Meyer and the commission will have an official swearing-in ceremony for Pierce at next week’s caucus meeting.
Meanwhile, the city commission also voted to approve an agreement with Covington Independent Public Schools authorizing a police officer's assignment to Holmes Middle & High Schools.
The school district has been without a full-time school resource officer since the Kenton County Sheriff's Department pulled out following a lawsuit against a deputy accused of using excessive force, and the district's signing of a consent decree with the U.S. Justice Department.
The city commission also approved the hiring of Starr Ford IV as assistant city solicitor.
Written by Carrie Crotzer with some quotes provided