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Ludlow City Administrator Fired, Police Chief to Serve in Interim

Elishia Chamberlain is out as city administrator in Ludlow.

Mayor Josh Boone confirmed to The River City News via email that Chamberlain had been terminated.

Chamberlain took over the role as Ludlow's city administrator in July 2014, serving nearly five years in the position.

Last November's election, which saw a new mayor and nearly entirely new council elected, indicated that there was a desire among city leadership to make a change in the city administrator role.

"I won’t discuss the specifics regarding her termination, but we wish her the best of luck as she moves on," Boone told RCN. He said that Ludlow Police Chief Scott Smith will serve as interim city administrator.

"I appreciate him and everyone in the staff for taking on additional responsibilities during this transition," Boone said. "In the weeks ahead, council will be addressing how best to fill the position. We look forward to a new chapter and a fresh start for Ludlow."
 
Chamberlain's firing follows the near immediate termination of the city attorney contract, which had been with Covington-based Johnson & Otis for years. Boone announced Todd McMurtry as the new city attorney through the end of the fiscal year. McMurtry serves in a similar role for other Northern Kentucky cities and previously served on the Ft. Wright city council.
 
Chamberlain is the second city administrator to be fired in the Northern Kentucky River Cities since the start of the new year when newly elected mayor and council members took office. Bellevue city administrator Keith Spoelker was asked to resign by new Mayor Charlie Cleves, and complied. He was replaced in that role by Frank Warnock, who had been assistant city manager in Covington. Bellevue also terminated its contract with city attorney Mike Surrey and replaced him with attorney David Fessler.
 
In other news, Ludlow city council will consider a 2 percent increase to its insurance premium tax. A pair of special meetings would be needed before the Friday deadline to adopt the measure. Boone told RCN last Thursday that the move would generate roughly $135,000 for the city. Other nearby cities are enacting similar measures to deal with rising costs, primarily associated with pensions.
 
Written by Michael Monks, editor & publisher
Photo: Ludlow city building (RCN file)