City Manager's Exit Agreement to Be Discussed in Covington
The Covington City Commission will meet in executive (closed) session late Monday afternoon to discuss a personnel matter.
The River City News has learned that the personnel in question is City Manager Larry Klein, and that after nearly a decade with the City of Covington, he will leave City Hall.
There will be no action taken on Monday, and any plan for Klein to leave the city has not yet been added to the public agenda for Tuesday's regular meeting of the city commission.
The relationship between Klein and Mayor Joe Meyer, who took over in January, is known to be strained. Meyer said that he expected Klein to retire at the end of last year, and Meyer's son wrote an op-ed calling for such an occasion. Klein had said that he planned to stay in his position and to continue to work for the city.
Typically, executive session protects sensitive topics - like hiring, firing, potential development deals, and real estate acquisitions - from being discussed publicly until details have been worked out. Discussions in executive session are expected to be kept private. But a source close to the situation told The River City News that an exit agreement is being developed for consideration and that Klein will leave his role as city manager by the end of February or early March.
Klein took over as city manager in 2009. He was hired in Covington as assistant city manager in May 2008. Prior to that he was city administrator in Ft. Wright from 1998 to 2008, and worked at the Kenton County Fiscal Court, in the treasurer's office, from 1988 to 1998.
This story will be updated when more information is known.
-Michael Monks, editor & publisher
Photo: Larry Klein (provided)