Kenton County Government Academy Graduates

The 9th Annual Kenton County Government Academy had twenty-four students that graduated April 6, 2015, in a ceremony held at the Edgewood Senior Center.

State Representative Arnold Simpson addressed the group, along with Keynote Speaker Professor Phillip Sparkes of Chase Law School. Kenton County Attorney Stacy Tapke, who chairs the Academy each year, applauded the graduates for their leadership and interest in local government. The Academy was originally created to give citizens an opportunity to learn more about how local government works, featuring presentations from local leaders and unique "behind-the-scenes" tours of vital governmental facilities.

The 2015 Academy class met with local government officials and received tours of the Northern Kentucky Water District, Kenton County Detention Center, Kenton County Animal Shelter and Sanitation District No. 1. County Attorney Tapke's hope is that the program facilitates citizens' involvement in the community. "With so many diverse issues confronting Kenton County and the Commonwealth, we hope to foster potential community leaders by equipping them with essential information to share with, and answer questions from, friends, relatives, and neighbors," Tapke said.

The Academy is a 30-hour program that meets once a week for 10 weeks.

For more information on participating in the Kenton County Government Academy, contact Susan Topmiller, Public Information Officer, at 859.815.1664 or

Posted April 7, 2015 at 09:28 AM