Fort Mitchell Mayor Named Elected Official of the Year


Fort Mitchell Mayor Jude Hehman is the Kentucky League of Cities' Elected Official of the Year.

The award will be presented at the KLC annual conference on Wednesday in Covington.

The honor recognizes municipal officials "who demonstrate outstanding leadership and innovation," a news release said.

“Our awards recognize the great work that officials and employees are doing in our Kentucky cities,” said Jonathan Steiner, KLC executive director and CEO. “Our winners are exceptional examples of why cities are so important to the residents they serve, and to the commonwealth overall.” KLC represents more than 370 cities and nearly 2,500 elected city officials."

“Jude Hehman has committed his entire life to serving the residents of Fort Mitchell, Kentucky,” said Fort Mitchell City Councilman Jerry Deatherage. “He has served as a first responder, served on city council for years and recently elected mayor for a second term.  He is constantly taking calls from residents, meeting with city officials and employees, networking with others from around the state and bringing ideas back to our city to make it a better place to live. Though his wife, Katie, should get the award for his sacrifices, we are very lucky to have Jude Hehman managing our city.”

“He received a total of ten separate nominations for the Elected City Official of the Year Award, from private citizens, community leaders, employees and fellow mayors," KLC said in a statement. "All carried through on themes of his ability to lead by bringing people together, his visionary and action-driven approach to what is possible in his city and his commitment to stewardship and transparent government."

Hehman was originally elected as a city councilman at the age of 21, and returned to the city building after winning election as mayor in 2014. He was reelected last year.

"One of his first actions as mayor was to rebuild his city team with enthusiastic professionals," KLC said in a statement. "Mayor Hehman solves problems by listening to all constituents and by taking a big picture approach, whether it be his commitment to children’s issues, parks and recreations, community events, partnering with other local entities on planning or working with other area governments on emergency services.   He’s the first onsite for community events, he shovels snow or picks up trash when it’s needed and brings “can do” leadership to his city. He is constantly visible but gives others the credit for the city’s local improvements, success and growth. Mayor Hehman has established himself as one of northern Kentucky’s most respected and charismatic leaders, helping to take the region well into the future. A local small business owner’s nomination stated, ‘Fort Mitchell is extremely lucky to have him.’”

-Staff report