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Commonwealth's Attorney Reviewing as Kenton County Formally Fires Golf Course Manager

The Kenton County Fiscal Court formally fired golf course manager Dan Moening on Tuesday afternoon.

Judge/Executive Kris Knochelmann said after the special meeting, that lasted a little more than one hour, most of which was in executive session, that the matter was also being turned over to the Commonwealth's Attorney Office "for review".

Knochelmann cited violations of administrative policies and procedures including but not limitied to "incompetency, inefficiency, neglect of duty, failures of proper cash management, and insubordination.

Moening's termination was unanimous supported as Knochelmann was joined by County Commissioners Jon Draud, Joe Nienaber, and Beth Sewell in voting to fire him.

Further comment was not immediately available.

The vote followed testimony by assistant county attorney Chris Nordloh, which was delivered in executive session, free from public view.

Moening was originally fired in early November after being suspended with pay days earlier.

That firing came at a time that Kenton County contracted with the National Golf Foundation to evaluate the county's golf operations which consistently lose money. That report was due to be released in the following weeks. The evaluation and Moening's firing are not related, Knochelmann said. "We started the process of getting them to evaluate things in March. They are a few weeks away from giving us the final report," Knochelmann said at the time. "We assumed nothing when they started doing the evaluation and we have no pre-set mindset about what they are going to tell us."

Whether there will be criminal charges against Moening, who worked for the Kenton County Golf Course for years before having his position eliminated in 2009 at which point he embarked on a losing effort to be elected judge/executive. In 2011, after Steve Jablonowski resigned, then-Judge/Executive Steve Arlinghaus sought to bring Moening back on board. Arlinghaus and Draud voted in favor while then-Commissioner Knochelmann and Sewell opposed. Procedures at the county, after a 2-2 vote, allowed for Arlinghaus to move forward with the hiring.

This story may be updated when more information is learned.

-Michael Monks, editor & publisher

Photo: Dan Moening (provided)