CVG Board Audit To Be Released Tuesday
By Mike Perleberg
(Hebron, Ky.) – An audit of the Kenton County Airport Board nine months in the making is going to be released Tuesday.
The board oversees the operation of the Cincinnati-Northern Kentucky International Airport. A special investigation was launched last November by Kentucky State Auditor Adam Edelen following reports of lavish spending by the airport board members and alcohol being provided at meetings.
The Cincinnati Enquirer reports that Edelen’s report recommends replacing the seven-member executive board appointed only by Kenton County’s judge-executive with a board of 11 that includes three members appointed by Ohio officials. Those appointing from Ohio would reportedly include Hamilton County Commissioners, the mayor of Cincinnati, and Ohio’s governor.
Any such change to the board structure would require the approval of Kentucky’s state lawmakers in Frankfort.
Boone County Judge Executive Gary Moore has also expressed wishes for more representation from his county, where the airport is actually located.
“I hope for more Boone County representation. I’m excited for the opportunity that exists now to have a greater voice on regional entities. Hopefully this will lead to more regional authority,” Moore said in a statement.
The report has already drawn comment from Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear who told The Enquirer in a statement that “the airport’s governing body should be accountable and transparent to the citizens it serves.
“The audit raises valid questions about the current board structure, and I will work with the General Assembly on the Auditor’s recommendations,” Beshear said.
The Enquirer also covered a the airport board’s monthly meeting Monday, in which the board approved on a 6-0 vote a motion to limit speaking to the media to only board president Bill Robinson III and CVG CEO Candace McGraw.