Former Covington Finance Director Ordered to Remain in Hospital
Former Covington Finance Director Bob Due was determined to have a mental illness during a hearing at the Hamilton County, Ohio Probate Court on Friday morning.
Due, 63, was taken from his Independence home on September 10 and rushed to University Hospital after suffering multiple self-inflicted stab wounds. Following his stay at University Hospital, he was put on a 72-hour observation at Deaconess Hospital in Cincinnati.
The stab wounds are believed to be Due's second attempt at suicide since his arrest on August 23 on charges that include the alleged stealing of what is now believed to be roughly $600,000 from the City of Covington. On August 29, three days after being released from the Kenton County Detention Center, Due was found in a running vehicle in the garage at his home.
Following that incident, Due was taken to St. Elizabeth Hospital for observation. He was released on September 4 and appeared at Kenton County District Court where Judge Douglas Grothaus returned him to home incarceration. Due assured the court that he would not seek to harm himself again.
Six days later, emergency crews responded to Due's home on Dana Harvey Lane and found him covered in blood.
According to documents at the Hamilton County Probate Court, Due, represented by attorney Louis Rigari, was determined to have a mental illness Friday morning and was ordered to remain at Deaconess. He has another hearing scheduled on December 13, but a representative at the Probate Court told The River City News that if Deaconess determines to release Due before then, the December hearing would be canceled.
Technically, Due is still released from jail on bond but the Kenton County Commonwealth's Attorney Office has said publicly that it would seek to revoke that bond and return Due to jail.
Due is charged with theft by unlawful taking of more than $10,000, unlawful access to a computer, official misconduct, and unlawful access to a computer. His case will next be considered by the Kenton County Grand Jury.
He faces twenty years in prison if convicted on all charges.
Due was fired by the City of Covington on August 27 and Ivan Frye, the retired Kenton County Treasurer, has been hired on an interim basis to run the finance department at City Hall.
A special task force led by former Kenton County Judge Douglas Stephens was formed by the Covington City Commission to evaluate the best way to recoup the allegedly stolen funds while Kentucky Auditor Adam Edelen is also investigating the case.
Written by Michael Monks, editor & publisher of The River City News
Photo: Bob Due in Kenton County District Court on September 4/RCN file