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Covington CDBG/HOME Community Needs public hearing scheduled; Police Department promotes two

The Covington City Commission will hold a public hearing on Tuesday, May 21, at 6 p.m. in the City Commission Chambers.

The purpose of this public hearing is to obtain the views of citizens, public agencies, representatives of adjacent units of general local government and other interested parties regarding the Annual Action Plan (Year 7 of the 7-year Strategic Plan) for the period July 1, 2019 through June 30, 2020.

The Annual Action Plan details the actions to be undertaken during the next year to address the priority needs and objectives of the City of Covington and the Northern Kentucky HOME Consortium cities. The Annual Action Plan outlines the planned uses for the City’s CDBG and HOME funds which are provided through the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.

The City anticipates receiving funding in the amounts of $1,460,136 in Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) entitlement funding and approximately $521,288 in Home Investment Partnerships (HOME) entitlement funding.

Proposals for the use of CDBG funds include Public Improvements, Park Improvements, Housing Rehabilitation Programs, Crime Prevention Efforts, Recreation Programs/Early Literacy, Code Enforcement, and Economic Development Efforts.

Proposals for the use of HOME funds include Homebuyer Assistance Programs, and Housing Development Programs.

To view the draft Annual Action Plan click, HERE. Written comments concerning the plan will be accepted from May 10 through June 9, 2019. Comments may be submitted in writing to Jeremy Wallace, Community Development Manager, City of Covington, 20 West Pike Street, Covington, KY 41011, or by email to jwallace@covingtonky.gov.

The meeting takes place in the Commission Chambers at 20 West Pike Street, Covington.

Covington Police Department promotes two

Covington Police Chief Rob Nader, center, stands with Officer Joshua Bornhorn, left, and Sgt. Darrell Lee, right, after the City Commission promoted Bornhorn to sergeant and Lee to lieutenant (provided photo).

The two men approved for promotion within the Covington Police Department tonight were perfect candidates for advancement, Chief Rob Nader said.

“They’ve both been with Covington for over a decade, they’ve both taken on a number of leadership roles within the police force, they both have or are pursuing high-level college degrees, and they’re both military veterans of distinction,” Nader said. “What more could we ask for?”

The Covington City Commission agreed, voting 5-0 to promote Sgt. Darrell Lee to lieutenant and Officer Joshua Bornhorn to sergeant, effective June 2.

The positions came open with the recent retirement of Lt. David Pennington, Nader said.

Sgt. Lee began his career in Covington in 1997 and has served as a field training officer, SWAT Sniper Team Leader, firearms instructor, and field training coordinator. He’s been a sergeant since 2011.

He has a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice from Northern Kentucky University and a master’s degree in executive leadership and organizational change. He is also a 30-year member of the U.S. Army Reserves, currently serves as a training exercise sergeant, is a veteran of the first Gulf War, and served at the U.S. Army Drill Sergeant School during the Iraq and Afghanistan campaigns.

Officer Bornhorn joined Covington’s police force in 2007 and is currently the SWAT team leader. He will graduate from NKU this fall with a degree in organizational leadership and has been accepted into the master’s of public administration program.

He served a tour in Iraq with the U.S. Army, where he received a Purple Heart and an Army Commendation Medal with a “V” (for Valor) Device.

The five City Commission members praised the officers for their service, character and leadership, as well as “the safety and peace of mind you bring the residents of this city.”

Sgt. Lee and Officer Bornhorn thanked Chief Nader and the Commission for the vote of confidence and their families for their ongoing support.

“This is really a great place to work,” Sgt. Lee said. “I look forward to creating more positive impact.”

City of Covington

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