Rep. Adam Koenig expects legislation concerning makeup of CVG board in 2015

08/29/2014 04:41 PM

COVINGTON – A Northern Kentucky legislator expects that there will be legislation passed during the 2015 session which would change the makeup of the Kenton County Airport Board, the entity responsible for running the Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport.

Earlier this month, State Auditor Adam Edelen called for a complete overhaul of the governance structure of the Kenton County Airport Board to end what he called “decades of waste and abuse.”

After the nine-month examination of the CVG board, Edelen called for the state legislature to revise statutes that would change the makeup of the boards voting members.

Currently, seven voting members and the 11 non-voting members making up the advisory committee are all appointed by the Kenton County judge-executive – something Edelen said was ripe for abuse.

State Rep. Adam Koenig, R-Erlanger, thinks that is something will be passed during the upcoming session.

“I really think something will happen,” Koenig said. “I’m going to work in these last few months as Northern Kentucky caucus chairman and try to build a consensus with all our members and see if we can all get behind something that will get more skin in the game, get more people to have a say in this very critical regional asset.”

Edelen called for the following officials to have the power to appoint members:

  • Three appointments by Kenton Co. Judge-exec., with confirmation by fiscal court
  • Two appointments by Boone Co. Judge-exec., with confirmation by fiscal court
  • One appointment by Campbell Co. judge-exec., with confirmation by fiscal court
  • Two appointments by Kentucky governor – One appointment by Ohio governor
  • One appointment by mayor of Cincinnati, with confirmation by city council
  • One appointment by Hamilton Co., Ohio Board of Commissioners

One change which got a lot of attention was the recommendation that 3 of the appointees come from Ohio.

Koenig was noncommittal as for his thoughts on 3 Ohio officials joining the board.

“I do have thoughts but I’m going to wait and not share them because I think everyone needs to have their say and we all need to work together,” said Koenig.

The Kenton County Airport Board has until October 19 to submit a written response to Edelen’s office.


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