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Audit Will Look Into Airport Board Spending
HEBRON, Ky. (WKRC) -- The auditor for the state of Kentucky will conduct a special investigation of the Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky Airport Board. His announcement today follows media reports questioning the board's travel and spending. Jeff Hirsh has details about the audit.
Is it really appropriate for a member of the Airport Board to travel to Italy for a conference, and while there how much is appropriate for him to spend on food and drink. That's the question auditor Adam Edelen will try to answer when he and his staff look at the books of the Airport Board.
There have been media reports that the board has spent several hundreds of thousands of dollars on food and drink. They also reportedly spent some money on training to help the board to get along with each other and to get along with airport director Candace McGraw. There was apparently an effort to get rid of her that did not work. There are a lot of problems with the Airport Board and Edelen says he'll go wherever the facts take him. "We're going to be getting into the financial operation of the board and reviewing the governance structure to make sure this entity, which is frankly at a crossroads in its 65 year history, is in a position to run better and to get beyond some of the disfunction we have seen as of late. I can't overstate how important this airport is."
There is no timetable for the investigation. To be clear, there are no allegations of criminal behavior, there's simply a question of efficiency, propriety and spending the money in the best interests of the taxpayers.
The airport released this response to the auditor's announcement today which reads in part, "despite external distractions, the airport staff remains fully focused on CVG's mission to serve as the transportation hub of choice for the Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky region...we will cooperate with Mr. Edelen and his staff and will await his report."
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