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Special Investigation into CVG Airport
CINCINNATI (Jeff Hirsh) -- Kentuckys auditor is launching a special investigation of the airport board at Cincinnati-Northern Kentucky International Airport.
Auditor Adam Edelen says he will look into reports of questionable spending by the board, as well as overall board policies.
The Cincinnati Enquirer recently reported that the boards chair and vice-chair went on a $20,000, three-day trip to Bologna, Italy for a conference on airport operations. In all, the board reportedly spent more than a quarter-of-a-million dollars on travel (including food and drinks), job coaching for the airport director, and other expenditures for board workshops.
Edelen said the Kenton County Airport Board appears to be dysfunctional.
There was a recent attempt to get rid of Airport Director Candace McGraw, but that was dropped.
Excessive travel and spending is an all-too common theme in these exams, Edelen said. Despite the repetitive nature of our findings, we continue to see public officials justify wasting public money. Taxpayers are tired of it, and frankly, Im tired of it.
In response, the board issued the following statement: The Kenton County Airport Board welcomes and promotes transparency. It is important to point out that in the last three years, overall spending by the board is down, including a 60 per cent reduction in travel costs compared to the last three years. We continue to work on improving efficiencies, and welcome any recommendations that can help achieve that goal.
Auditor Edelen said there is no timetable on finishing the investigation. He said it is possible the expenditures will turn out to be legitimate, and within the airport boards mission.
However, he also said if the expenditures turn out to be inappropriate, those responsible, ought to lose some sleep.
We will not cut corners in pursuit of the truth, Edelen added.
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