Covington Commission to Host Workshop for Selves on How the Government Works
UPDATE (3:30 p.m.): City Commissioner Michelle Williams says she will not attend this seminar next week. Posting at Facebook, Williams writes, "It has been brought to my attention that the Kentucky League of Cities will be in town next week to to give an informal training on City Manager form of government. As a new commissioner I went to the KLC for three days of training on this subject, and I'm am fully aware of how this city should operate. ... As a taxpayer watchdog I will not waste our dollars attending this meeting. Everyone on this Commission knows we have a city manager form of government. We don't need to waste time on this. The problem is that the City Manager doesn't treat all the board members equally when it comes to handing out information we need to make informed decisions for the citizens of Covington."
THe Kentucky League of Cities is not charging Covington anything for the seminar.
A verbal altercation at City Hall involving the Covington mayor, city manager, and multiple city commissioners, a workshop has been scheduled next week to explain to the governing body just how the government is designed to work.
Representatives from the Kentucky League of Cities will be on hand next Wednesday to present a seminar on procedures and best practices for Kentucky municipal governments that operate under a city commission/city manager form of government. The presentation is scheduled for 6 p.m. inside Commission Chambers and is open to the public, though it will not be televised and public comments are not expected to be part of the evening.
KLC is offering the seminar free of charge to the city.
The event follows months of tense city commission meetings and reports of behind-the-scenes squabbles that have left the government in Covington seemingly fractured. Mayor Sherry Carran and City Commissioner Chuck Eilerman, who spoke to The River City News, said they hope that this presentation will lift some of that tension.