Thayer open to some changes within CVG airport board, just not the structure Edelen recommended

09/18/2014 07:41 PM

State Sen. Damon Thayer, R-Georgetown, says he is “open to considering some changes,” to the Northern Kentucky Cincinnati International Airport board also known as CVG, he just does not want to diminish the standing of Kenton County in any restructuring.

Calling the board the “Kenton County Airport Board,” Thayer said, his main objective was to ensure Kenton County — which he represents will remain an integral hub of the Kentucky asset, which has seen better days.

“I represent Kenton County. And I’m going to do what’s right by Kenton County — it is a major asset for the county I represent in Northern Kentucky,” Thayer said.

Currently the Kenton County Judge Executive controls the selection process of the 11 board members, but state Auditor Adam Edelen , D-Kentucky, is proposing to spread out the selections across northern Kentucky counties and give three positions to Ohio lawmakers.

Thayer said he opposes giving picks on the board to politicians in Ohio — and to the governor of Kentucky, but he said there is a need for Cincinnati leaders to be involved.

“I think it’s important to look for a way to increase the skin-in-the-game so to speak from Cincinnati — they’re an important customer for the airport, but I don’t want to see Kenton County’s role diminished,” Thayer said.

One way there could be additional oversight within the system is to have the Kenton County Fiscal Courts help appoint members of the board, Thayer said.

“I think it’s important that the Kenton County Judge Executive and perhaps the Kenton County Fiscal Court — with the three commissioners perhaps take a greater role in that process,” he said. (2:50)

Ultimately it’s up to the 138 members of the General Assembly how the statute is changed, but Northern Kentucky lawmakers will play a strong role in how the legislation is crafted, Thayer said.

“Let’s be fair. Let’s be contemplative. And lets not turn this into a political boondoggle thats seeking to further someone else’s political career and fundraising base in Cincinnati,” Thayer said.


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