By Ryan Clark
After appearing 15 minutes late for their Commission meeting on Tuesday evening due to what the mayor called an executive session to discuss personnel, the group added a surprise item to their agenda: the resignation of the commercial director Allison Donaldson, which was accepted unanimously.
Mayor Joseph U. Meyer went on to explain that a city employee had recently been investigated for “misuse” of a city credit card.
“What I want to do now is address the reports of a city employee abusing the city credit card,” he said. “This issue was discovered by a city employee and immediately reported to the chain of command. The city manager immediately opened an investigation and found enough to justify his concerns.
He said the city manager and others met with the employee and “she resigned immediately at the request of the city manager.”
He noted that an independent law enforcement agency is investigating the case.
“As we speak, unfortunately our hands are tied on the details due to the ongoing investigation,” he said. “There’s a lot we just don’t know at this point and it wouldn’t be wise or appropriate to comment on the details.”
But Meyer didn’t mince words about his disappointment.
“This case is a fundamental breach of public trust,” he said. “It is a betrayal of the obligations of every employee and every elected official to the public we serve. One of my main goals as a candidate, it seems many years ago, was to restore public trust, and we have worked hard to restore and maintain that trust through a whole series of measures that we , as a government, have collectively taken… This situation is a major setback.
“The public is less likely to believe us when employees steal taxpayers’ money, no matter how small,” he continued. “From the perspective of this whole board of commissioners, this will not be tolerated and after the investigation and we know all the facts – and this may take months – he will be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law according to circumstances. We will aggressively seek to recover any loss of taxpayer dollars that may have occurred. »
He didn’t stop there.
“Unfortunately, that’s something we’re also angry about,” he said. “All the work that we as a body and so many honest and hardworking city employees have done over the past few years has been undone by an act that words fail me to describe. It’s appalling. So I’m sure we’ll find out more about that over time.
Also at the meeting:
2h30 alcohol costs
Commissioners heard a first reading of an order that would reduce the 2:30 a.m. liquor license fee from $5,000 to $3,000. City staff are also taking the opportunity to revise the ordinance to align the annual permit duration with the ABC license renewal schedule, which is Dec. 1 through Nov. 30.
In February, Commissioner Ron Washington suggested reducing the liquor license fee by 2:30 a.m. to help businesses that have been hurt due to COVID.
The ordinance will go to second reading in two weeks.
Due to the death of Engineer Dave Studer, the Covington Fire Department had a vacancy.
The commissioners approved the promotion of firefighter Krista Dyer to this position.
Commissioners have approved John Steinman’s reappointment to the Covington Motor Vehicle Parking Authority.
The next regular meeting of the Covington Commission will be a caucus meeting to be held at 6 p.m., March 15, at the City Building at 20 W. Pike St. in Covington. The meetings can be followed live on Fioptics channel 815, Spectrum channel 203, the Telecommunications Board of Northern Kentucky (TBNK) website, TBNK Facebook page @TBNKonline and TBNK Roku channels.