Saturday, April 01, 2000

Covington names new commissioner

Enquirer Contributor

        COVINGTON — It took the City Commission two minutes Friday to fill its lone remaining vacancy.

        Retired businessman Jerry Stricker was appointed at a special meeting. He did not attend.

        “I'm real excited about serving on City Commission,” Mr. Stricker said when reached for comment. “I hope to bring my expertise to the table and help the city in any way that I possibly can. I believe in public service, and I believe that this is an opportunity to help the people of Covington.”

        Mr. Stricker is not running for the seat in November and will serve only the remainder of this year. He takes interim Mayor Jim Eggemeier's vacant seat, which was created when Mayor Denny Bowman resigned March 5 to take the job of recreation director. Mr. Eggemeier was named to his new job two days later.

        “Jerry will be a fine addition to the city,” Commissioner Butch Callery said. “He'll add a new dimension to the way things are done in this city.”

        Mr. Stricker is the retired vice president and chief financial officer for Gradison & Co., an investment banking firm in Cincinnati. He is a former member of the University of Kentucky board of trustees and served 11 years on the Kenton County Airport Board.

        It is not known what plans Mr. Stricker has once he joins council Tuesday, but Commissioner J.T. Spence said Mr. Stricker should help the city tackle issues such as hiring a zoning administrator and historic preservation officer and reorganizing the economic development department.


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