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.”

About Don Weber

Don Weber joined cn|2 when it launched back in May 2010 and soon became a reporter for Pure Politics. He is a graduate of Northern Kentucky University and has spent many years covering everything from politics to sports. Don says he loves meeting new people everyday as part of his job and also enjoys the fact that no two days are the same when he comes to work. Don Weber can be reached at


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