The City Manager is the chief administrative official of the City, and is appointed by the Mayor and Commission.

The City Manager position is similar to the Chief CEO position of a corporation. The City Manager is responsible for managing all essential City services including fire and police, public improvements, recreation, budgeting and finance, strategic planning and development, and all operational departments of the city.

The City Manager delegates responsibility and coordinates the many tasks performed daily by City employees. The Mayor and Commission determine policies and set direction for the City through legislative measures, and the execution of policy is the principal responsibility of the City Manager.

David Johnston

David Johnston
City Manager
859-292-2154
20 W. Pike Street
Covington, KY 41011

David Johnston serves as the City Manager for the City of Covington, Kentucky.

Johnston has 20 years of experience as a local government manager, having served as the City Manager for the City of Maple Valley, WA, Village Administrator for the City of Rantoul, IL and Coal City, IL, and Town Manager for the City of Westfield, IN.

Additionally, Johnston has served as the Administrative Director of the Indiana Health Centers, Inc., the Adjunct Faculty Member at Indiana University-Purdue University, and ran two small state agencies for the State of Indiana.

Johnston holds a Master of Public Affairs from Indiana University, School of Public & Environmental Affairs, a Bachelor of Arts in American Studies from the University of Notre Dame and a Certificate in Economic Development from the University of Oklahoma, Economic Development Institute.

Originally from Warsaw, Indiana, Johnston relocated to Covington with his wife Carole and their dog Harvey.