New Kenton Co. judge-exec. looking forward to even more growth

01/18/2015 10:31 AM

COVINGTON – Kris Knochelmann, who took over last week as Kenton County’s new judge-executive, is facing challenges ranging from a new makeup of the Kenton County Airport Board to finding a way to fund the Brent Spence Bridge which linking his county with Ohio.

Knochelmann, who has served as a county commissioner the past 8 years, defeated Republican incumbent Steve Arlinghaus in the primary and was unopposed in the general election.

One of the things the new judge-executive faces is the prospect of naming new voting members to the Kenton County Airport Board which oversees the Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport.

State Auditor Adam Edelen called for a restructuring of the board after an audit found lavish spending practices by board members.

“In terms of the structure of the board, I have endorsed and support expanding the voting membership of the board which would keep Kenton County in control of the airport while including in a voting manner, those from Campbell and Boone,” said Knochelmann in an interview with Pure Politics.

“I have always endorsed having someone from Ohio represent and be a full voting member. There is an issue of the constitutionality of having a board member serve who lives outside of the commonwealth. I think that’s going to be discussed over the upcoming months and years.”

Knochelmann admits that it’s a huge responsibility leading the third largest county, population wise, in the state. He says a strong Kenton county is a big key to a strong Kentucky.

“Kenton County, its success is going to matter to rest of the state, no matter what,” said Knochelmann. “I think we have the opportunity to be a leader both in economic development as well as quality of life.”

Don Weber

Don Weber is a Video Journalist for Spectrum News and covers politics and education on Pure Politics, Kentucky’s only nightly program dedicated to state politics. Don is a lifelong Kentuckian and a graduate of Northern Kentucky University. He spent many years covering sports in the Northern Kentucky area before shifting primarily to politics. You can watch Don’s work weeknights at 7:00 and 11:30 on Pure Politics, available exclusively on Spectrum News, HD Channels 403 and 715. If you have a story idea you can reach Don at donald.weber@charter.com.

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