The PDS Council—the governing body for Planning and Development Services of Kenton County—met for its annual organizational meeting the last week in January. Representatives of most Kenton County governments were present. Independence Mayor Chris Reinersman was elected the council’s president for 2016; Lakeside Park Mayor Dave Jansing was re-elected vice president and Elsmere Mayor Marty Lenhof was re-elected secretary. All terms run through January next year.
In another voting procedure, councilmembers elected four individuals to serve two-year terms on the PDS Management Board. Elected were former Fort Wright mayor Tom Litzler, Crestview Hills Mayor Paul Meier, Independence Administrator Chris Moriconi, and Park Hills Mayor Matt Mattone.
Litzler, Meier, and Moriconi serve on the Board currently. Mattone will replace long-time board member and former Fort Mitchell mayor Bill Goetz who chose not to run for re-election.
Three other individuals serve on the Management Board, having been elected in 2015 to two-year terms. They are Covington Mayor Sherry Carran, Kenton County Commissioner Beth Sewell, and former Taylor Mill mayor Mark Kreimborg.
As directed by the Kentucky Revised Statutes, the PDS Council provides a forum in which Kenton County planning issues can be debated and consensus achieved. With a membership of elected officials only, the Council is also responsible for final review of the organization’s annual budget and the tax rate that funds it.
True to its name, the seven-member Management Board oversees the professional staff, sets policy to achieve the Council’s direction, and provides oversight for the daily operations of the organization.
Others included on the ballot for seats on the Management Board were Fort Mitchell Mayor Jude Hehman, Elsmere Administrator Alex Mattingly, and Park Hills Councilman Monty O’Hara.