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Kenton Co.'s Leaders are Sworn In & Airport Board, New Hires Are on Monday's Agenda

Kenton County's elected officials took the Oath of Office on Friday evening at Covington Latin School.

Among them were Kenton County Judge-Executive Kris Knochelmann and County Commissioners Beth Sewell, Jon Draud, and Joe Nienaber. Jailer Terry Carl and Sheriff Chuck Korzenborn joined County Clerk Gabrielle Summe and County Attorney Stacy Tapke in being sworn in, as well. 

Supreme Court Justice Michelle Kellar presided over the oaths.

The new Kenton County Fiscal Court will meet for the first time on Monday morning in Covington where a resolution supporting the recommended changes at the Kenton County Airport Board will be considered. Kentucky Auditor Adam Edelen presented a brutal examination of the board's expenditures and recommended that interests from surrounding counties and Ohio entities have voting powers on the board.

Former Judge-Executive Steve Arlinghus, who was targeted in the examination for attending conferences and for his daughter's employment at the airport, was vocally opposed to the auditor's recommendations. Knochelmann, on the other hand, appeared next to Edelen when the findings and recommendations were announced.

Steve Hensley will be reappointed as director of the county's Homeland Security/Emergency Management director and Kirk Reinhart will be appointed as his deputy. Rick Watkins will be that department's administrative assistant.

Nick Hendrix will be named superintendent of Public Works and road supervisor. Sue Kaiser will be named Fiscal Court Clerk and John Stanton will be named director of external affairs.

Monday morning's agenda also includes the awarding of the annual auditing contract to Maddox & Associates, an issue that carried over from the previous administration when the court's members could not agree. Various county departments are being reorganized, but the agenda did not expand upon what that means.

-Staff report

Photos by RCN's Brian Frey

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