Longtime Covington Commissioner Jerry Bamberger Dies
Wed, 09/12/2018 - 16:07 RCN Newsdesk
Former Covington city commissioner Jerry Bamberger died Wednesday morning after a long battle with cancer.
The longtime Latonia resident served on the city commission from 1992 to 2008. He was also executive director of the Mainstrasse Village Association during that time.
"Cities like Covington thrive because people step up and give unselfishly of their time and their energy," Covington Mayor Joe Meyer said. "Jerry was one of those people. There were many years when you couldn't go to an event or meeting without seeing Jerry there speaking on behalf of residents."
In a news release from the City of Covington, Bamberger was cited as a fierce advocate for Latonia and public safety.
He was one of the leaders who pushed to help create the River Cities Coalition to strengthen the Northern Kentucky urban core's voice in Frankfort.
Bamberger also took active roles at Holy Cross Church and in the Holy Cross High School community, where his children and grandchildren attended.
Following the 2008 city commission election, one in which Bamberger did not seek reelection, he was indicted for campaign finance violations for his role in a flyer that attacked then-candidate Shawn Masters, who was elected and went on to serve two terms. Bamberger faced a charge along with then-city commissioner Steve Megerle and Mainstrasse bar owner and 2008 city commission candidate Craig Johnson.
The flyer failed to follow guidelines to note who paid for election materials. All three later pleaded guilty and received suspended jail sentences.
In 2014, Bamberger re-entered the politican arena, launching a bid to return to the city commission. Following the death of his wife, Barbara, that year, Bamberger withdrew prior to the primary election.
He and "Babs" were married for 37 years.
Jerry Bamberger was 75 years old.
-Michael Monks, editor & publisher
Photo: Jerry and Babs Bamberger (via Facebook)