Laura Keener, Editor.
Kris Knochelmann, judge-executive, Kenton County, welcomed, Nov. 15, about 100 people — public servants and citizens of Kenton County — for the ribbon cutting and dedication of the new Kenton County Government Center.
The center, located at 1840 Simon Kenton Way, is the former site of the Bavarian Brewery. Construction and renovation of the former building began in September 2017 and, Mr. Knochelmann said at the dedication, “we are almost all moved in, adjusting the heights of our chairs.”
Most of the Kenton County Government Center building is new construction, but project leaders chose to maintain the historic castle- like tower front of the Bavarian Brewery along with its iconic emblem, which faces east along Martin Luther King Boulevard.
The dedication ceremony began with the Presentation of Colors by the Kenton County Sheriff ’s Office and Kenton County Police. Two grandchil- dren of Kenton County commissioner Dr. Jon Draud led the crowd in reciting the Pledge of Allegiance, followed by the singing of the National Anthem, led by members of the Covington Catholic High School Chamber Choir. Bishop Roger Foys gave the blessing.
“Father of all, look upon those who labor for Kenton County and help them to grow in your love,” Bishop Foys said. “Be pleased with their work and service for the peo- ple of this community. We ask you to bless this civic build- ing and let it always remind us of the principles for which we stand. Give your peace to all and help us to work together in harmony for a just society. We ask this through Christ our Lord.”
Judge Knochelmann acknowledged that the project was “lengthy and not without challenges.” Instead of focusing his comments on the necessity of the building — better utilization of space, fiscal responsibility and better parking — Judge Knochelmann focused his comments on the three building blocks that inspired the project — history, connections and people.
“We decided on this location, making a commitment to the urban core of our county — the City of Covington,” said Judge Knochelmann. “The history of the Bavarian building is something we are all proud of and it is the entrance to our state,” he said acknowledging the build- ing’s proximity to I-75 and the thousands of travelers that pass by each day.
For the first time all Kenton County government services will be sheltered under one roof, “connecting and serving the community in a way that we have never experienced before,” Mr. Knochelmann said.
But the most important aspect is people. “Centralizing our team is beneficial to us as employees and coworkers, but more importantly it is important to the citizens of Kenton County who will have a much more one-stop shop experience as they interact with the services of the county.”
“First and foremost, this building, this project is about the citizens of Kenton County — this is their building, their services, their asset for the rest of time. When the plaque is put on the opening of the front of this building it will say at the top: ‘Dedicated to the citizens of Kenton County.’ We serve them and we can never forget that,” he said.