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Taylor Mill to Name New City Administrator

The City of Taylor Mill will have a new city administrator.

On Tuesday, in a special meeting, the city commission is expected to approve the hiring of Brian Haney for the city's top job.

Haney will replace Jill Bailey, who left this year to take the same job at the City of Fort Wright.

Haney, 51, is the director of administration at the Kenton County Attorney's Office, a position he has held for more than twenty-four years. Prior to that, he was city administrator in Ludlow.

Haney has lived in Taylor Mill for eighteen years and now takes over a city building ripe with rancor.

"To me, politics are politics," Haney said. "It's like running a boat. You have to keep the boat running straight. It doesn't affect me one bit. Actually, Ludlow was a bit tumultuous for the short time I was there."

Haney said that current tension among the city commission and some staff members is related to the passion each has for the city. He said that passion creates emotion, which can lead to tempers flaring.

"You don't have to yell at people to make your point," he said. "Loud doesn't always win. You can make your point with a whisper. In the end, when you care about your city, you can come to an agreement."

Haney said he is hopeful that he will start the new job with a good relationship with the city's elected leadership.

"I want to have a clean slate," he said. "I would like everyone to give everyone else the benefit of the doubt, and not bring past grievances to the table. I want to serve all five commissioners."

Top priorities for the new city administrator include motivating more development at the Districts of Taylor Mill, and working on the city's roads.

Haney hails from eastern Kentucky, and earned bachelor's degrees in political science and English, and a master's degree in public administration from Eastern Kentucky University.

After graduating from EKU, Haney worked for the Commonwealth of Kentucky as a senior planner. 

Haney said that he has loved his position with the county attorney's office but is looking forward to the new opportunity in Taylor Mill, despite recent history there.

"I believe that everyone deserves respect unless proven otherwise," he said. "And people will find out that I don't scare or get bullied easily. I think we will all work together well for the benefit of the city."

Written by Patricia A. Scheyer, RCN contributor