Boards & Commissions


The City of Covington has a number of boards and commissions on which city residents serve. Under Kentucky law, the Mayor appoints the members of these boards and commissions, subject to the approval of the City Commission. The various city boards and commissions, along with those citizens who serve on them, can be seen below.

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Covington Urban Forestry Board


Current Members Appointing Resolution Expiration of Term Term Length 
David Custer - Chair ORD-54-21 5/22/2024 3 Years
Lindsey Garmer - Vice Chair ORD-228-21 11/16/2024 3 Years
Steven Hill - Secetary ORD-54-21 5/22/2024 3 Years
      3 Years
Nicole Benning ORD-229-21 11/16/2024 3 Years
Jane Bresser ORD-223-20 12/15/2023 3 Years
Crystal Courtney ORD-194-22 7/23/2025 3 Years
Jim Meranus ORD-223-20 12/15/2023 3 Years
John Meiling ODR-223-20 12/6/2022 3 Years
Sharon Roark-Chesser ORD-241-22 9/13/2025 3 Years
Sue Puffenburger ORD-202-21 8/31/2024 3 Years
Jessica Spencer ORD-223-20 6/10/2023 3 Years
Tara Tucker ORD-223-20 12/15/2023 3 Years

City Contact: Patrick Moore - - (859) 292-2300



  • Assist in drafting a tree ordinance to regulate the planting, maintenance, and removal of City-owned trees, shrubs, and other plants.
  • Assist in the development of a tree planting master plan and best-practices management plan. 
  • Educate citizens and assist neighborhood groups on urban forestry concerns and programs. 
  • Review plant and site development plans for compliance with the tree ordinance.
  • Promote the goals of the Urban Forest Program, including the value, protection, management, and the enhancement of the urban forest resources of Covington.
  • Advise and assist the Urban Forester in:
    • Developing and updating on a yearly basis the Covington Comprehensive Urban Forest Plan (CUFP);
    • Developing and periodically updating the Covington Urban Forestry Best Management Practices;
    • Reviewing project plans for publicly sponsored developments, civic improvements, and changes to the public right-of-way, and making recommendations;
    • Developing and conducting educational and outreach urban forest programs for the public;
    • Seeking grants for the Covington Urban Forest Program;
    • Planning tree planting and maintenance programs for the trees, shrubs and other plants under Covington's jurisdiction; and
    • Developing and implementing the Landmark Tree Program.
    • Advise and assist the City Commission and city departments on issues related to urban forestry concerns.
    • Serve as a clearinghouse for information related to the urban forest, through the Department of Parks and Recreation.
    • Advise and assist with the development of legislation and policies that affect the city's urban forest.



  • 6:30 p.m.
  • Meetings will be held at First Financial Bank, 601 Madison Avenue, Covington, KY 41011.
  • As of September 22, 2022, the Covington Urban Forestry Board voted to move their regular meetings from the 4th Thursday of the month to the fourth Tuesday of the month.



  • October 25, 2022
  • November 2022 - no meeting scheduled
  • December 2022 - no meeting scheduled


  • January 24, 2023
  • February 28, 2023
  • March 28, 2023
  • April 25, 2023
  • May 23, 2023
  • June 27, 2023
  • July 25, 2023
  • August 22, 2023
  • September 26, 2023
  • October 24, 2023
  • November 2023 - no meeting scheduled
  • December 2023 - no meeting scheduled


      Please check back HERE and on our website calendar under "Events" for future meeting details.








Interested in joining a board? Click here to apply online or fill out this application. Once completed, the form will be submitted for review and approval processing. If you have any questions, please contact