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Bellevue Chief Turner, Sen. McDaniel honored at KLC President’s Banquet at NKY Convention Center

Bellevue Police Chief Wayne Turner and State Sen. Chris McDaniel (R-Taylor Mill) were recognized at the Kentucky League of Cities President’s Banquet in Covington Thursday.

Chief Turner

The Kentucky League of Cities presented its “City Advocate of the Year” award Thursday night to Chief Turner. The award is given to a city official who goes above and beyond to advocate for Kentucky’s 417 cities. Chief Turner was recognized as the 2017 winner at banquet, during the KLC Conference and Expo at the Northern Kentucky Convention Center in Covington.

“It is an honor to work with Chief Turner as we advocate for Kentucky cities,” said KLC deputy executive director J.D. Chaney. “I am thrilled he is being recognized for his hard work in Frankfort, where he is instrumental in helping us bring city issues and needs to the forefront with state legislators. As a representative of the Kentucky Association of Chiefs of Police, Chief Turner has helped bring the Association together with KLC and has testified on behalf of many KLC initiatives. He continues to be a vital, vocal supporter of separating CERS.”

Chief Turner is a member of the KLC Board of Directors. Jonathan Steiner, executive director/CEO of the Kentucky League of Cities thanked Chief Turner for his service to his community and KLC. “Chief Turner is instrumental in helping us build better communities in Kentucky. He has been the voice of law enforcement for KLC many times in Frankfort. We are proud to have him on our Board and proud to recognize him as the 2017 ‘City Advocate of the Year’.”

“I am grateful to the Kentucky League of Cities for the opportunity to help make communities safer and for this recognition,” said Chief Turner. “It’s a privilege to get to tell lawmakers about proposals that will improve law enforcement in cities like mine. I’m honored to work alongside J.D. and KLC governmental affairs manager Bryanna Carroll as we work to improve first responder services while protecting our communities. We’ll continue to support initiatives that provide for secure, fiscally responsible cities.”

McDaniel Receives “2017 Friend of Kentucky Cities” Award

Sen. McDaniel

Senator Chris McDaniel (R-Taylor Mill) was honored with a “Friend of Kentucky Cities” award Thursday night at the President’s Banquet.  The “Friend of Kentucky Cities” award is given by the Kentucky League of Cities (KLC) to legislators who perform outstanding work in the legislature advocating for issues that impact cities across the state.

“I am honored to have been selected as a Friend of Kentucky Cities,” Senator McDaniel said. “Cities are vital to the success of our Commonwealth, and I believe we were successful in passing legislation this past session that will make Kentucky cities more competitive at both the regional and national levels. I also believe we made some common-sense changes in the 2017 session that will greatly improve our pension systems in the long run and increase transparency in state government. I know there is still plenty of work to be done, but I am committed to fighting for Kentucky’s cities for as long as I will serve in the legislature. Thanks to the Kentucky League of Cities for this recognition.”

“Senator McDaniel has been a longtime friend of cities,” said Chaney. “Senator McDaniel sponsored Senate Bill 104 in 2017 to protect cities and local taxpayers from large, unjustified bills for pension enhancements not due to abuse. He also cosponsored Senate Bill 226 to provide stability and separation of the County Employees Retirement System from the Kentucky Retirement Systems, a top priority for Kentucky’s cities.”

Jonathan Steiner, executive director/CEO of the Kentucky League of Cities, says KLC appreciates lawmakers who standup for home rule.

“Senator McDaniel acknowledges the important role local governments play in Kentucky and has worked to pass legislation that helps cities remain fiscally responsible while building stronger communities. We appreciate his willingness to carry issues in the Senate that encourage local control.”

Founded in 1927, the Kentucky League of Cities is a membership association of more than 370 cities across the commonwealth.  KLC has offices in Lexington and Frankfort and provides cities, leaders and employees with several services, including legislative advocacy, legal services, financial services, community consulting, policy development, research, training and education, and more.

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