Rep. Adam Koenig Named "Friend of Kentucky Cities"
Representative Adam Koenig (R-Erlanger) was honored with a “Friend of Kentucky Cities” award on Tuesday at the regularly scheduled meeting of the Erlanger City Council. The “Friend of Kentucky Cities” award is given by the Kentucky League of Cities (KLC) to legislators who perform outstanding work in the legislature advocating for issues that impact cities across the state.
State Senator Chris McDaniel (R-Taylor Mill) was also given the honor previously.
Rep. Koenig was recognized for sponsoring and securing passage of House Bill 183—a KLC legislative initiative—during the 2014 legislative session. This legislation prohibits any city from adopting a civil service system during the months of November and December of an even-numbered year. House Bill 183 will prevent outgoing city administrations from enacting city civil service systems that will hinder management decisions made by new city administrations. The bill also clarifies in statute that any city, which has enacted a city civil service system, maintains the right to amend or repeal the ordinance adopting the city civil service system in the future.
“Rep. Koenig worked diligently with KLC throughout the 2014 legislative session to secure passage of House Bill 183,” said KLC Deputy Executive Director, J.D. Chaney. “This legislation protects a city’s ability to enact a city civil service system, while ensuring that an outgoing administration cannot impede an incoming administration from making necessary personnel and management decisions.”
“Since the day I first was elected to serve on the city council of Villa Hills in 1994, I have understood the unique challenges our cities face across the Commonwealth, and the solutions many of them have come up with that have benefited Kentucky,” said Rep. Koenig. “I continue to work in Frankfort to help our towns, both large and small, grow and thrive, including passage of legislation that will encourage our younger generation to run for public office. I’m pleased to receive this award as a ‘Friend of Kentucky Cities’ today and every day.”
Jonathan Steiner, Executive Director/CEO of the Kentucky League of Cities, also commended Rep. Koenig for receiving the “Friend of Kentucky Cities” award. “Rep. Koenig has been a long-serving member of the House Local Government Committee, and he is keenly aware of policy issues that impact city governments. We appreciate his work and support on behalf of Kentucky cities.”
The Kentucky League of Cities will once again recognize all recipients of the “Friend of Kentucky Cities” award at the annual President’s Banquet on Thursday, October 9, 2014, during the KLC Annual Conference & Expo at the Galt House in downtown Louisville.
Photo: Rep. Adam Koenig