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Seven Covington Police Officers to Be Promoted After New Agreement Reached With City

After the City of Covington eliminated positions in the police department in 2012, the Fraternal Order of Police asserted that the positions should have remained. 

Since then, the City and FOP leaders have met to reach common ground on the issue which was settled at Tuesday night's city commission meeting.

A memorandum of understanding between the City and the FOP was passed unanimously. In the agreement, which was already approved by the police union with 83% supporting it, candidates for sergeant, lieutenant, and captain will be placed into those positions. Because the agreement was passed, the FOP has agreed to waive any grievances that it may have had against the city, and acknowledged that the city had the right to eliminate the positions.

A special city commission meeting has been called for Thursday at 10 a.m. in which seven officers will be promoted. Gregory Jones and Christopher Ernst will become captains, Brian Steffen and David Pennington will be promoted to lieutenants, and Aaron Mears, Matthew Winship, and Justin Wietholter will become sergeants.

Additional items on the agenda for Thursday's special meeting include the approval of changes to this fiscal year's budget, a zoning issue that will allow the Greater Cincinnati Railway Museum in Latonia to improve its area, changes to the pay-raise schedule for non-union employees, and an ordinance that will commit proceeds from pending economic development projects to be used toward infrastructure needs for future economic development projects.

Written by Michael Monks, editor & publisher of The River City News

Photo: via the Covington Police