"Collegial Days Gone at Covington City Hall": Enquirer Reports on RCN Exclusive
"The City Hall Emails", an exclusive inside look at the lack of civility and trust between city commissioners and city administrators inside Covington City Hall published by The River City News last week, is the inspiration for this morning's cover story of the Kentucky edition of The Cincinnati Enquirer.
The more than six hundred emails obtained by The River City News through the Kentucky Open Records Act were later requested by the Enquirer and included in this morning's story by columnist Amanda Van Benschoten:
It’s hard to get at the root of the problem.
Political tensions are so inflamed that most city officials won’t discuss the situation publicly. The response I get most often is, “We’ve been advised not to talk about it.” (Williams hung up on me when I called her for comment.)
Privately, however, officials chalk it up to political and personal differences.
“In general, there’s just some bad chemistry and personalities. It shouldn’t come down to that, but sometimes that is what happens,” Frank said.
Emails also shed some light on the problems, which include a fundamental misunderstanding by Williams and Rains about how Covington’s government works.
Read the full story from the Enquirer: Click Here
Kenton County Commonwealth's Attorney Rob Sanders gave The River City News series a shout-out on Twitter Friday morning, tweeting: "KY Enquirer could have at least acknowledged @theRCnews as a contributing author on their front page story today."
The River City News series can be seen in full at each link below:
What internal emails obtained by RCN tell us about the relationships behind-the-scenes at Covington City Hall. "She has also been quite hostile... She has screamed and yelled and cussed at me, calling me “liar” several times, in the presence of other employees, and from behind closed doors where other employees down and around the hall can hear her."
Part Two of The City Hall Emails. "She is an elected official, "Larry's Boss", and he cannot tell her that she can't attend any meeting." -Covington City Commissioner Mildred Rains
"I may even still change my mind about tonight’s vote the more I learn. If I do vote for it, it will come with some sharp criticism and demands for facts. Expect to explain to the public why you think this is a good use of their funds."
Part Three of RCN's series, The City Hall Emails -- at the link.
Part Four of "The City Hall Emails" explains why the open records request was made and also shares a local legal scholar's opinion on whether city commissioners can demand to attend a city manager's staff meeting.