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City Manager's Office

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
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.

Frank Warnock

Frank Warnock
Assistant City Manager
20 West Pike Street
Covington, KY 41011

Frank Warnock serves as Assistant City Manager for Administration and City Solicitor for the City of Covington, Kentucky. He currently manages the Human Resources and City Clerk Divisions in addition to running all legal consultation for the City regarding claims against the City, ordinances, personnel issues, zoning and various other legal issues. Frank manages all claims for the city and has assisted in the negotiation of numerous collective bargaining agreements during his tenure in Covington. He has participated in litigation, administrative hearings, arbitrations and mediations involving labor and personnel disputes including minimum manning, wrongful discharge, civil service, and staffing issues. The Legal Department, under Frank’s supervision, provides representation for various boards in the City including the Board of Adjustment, Urban Design Review Board, Code Enforcement and Human Rights Commission.

Frank served as City Attorney for Bellevue, Kentucky for ten years and City Attorney for Melbourne, Kentucky, for six years. He also served as Attorney for the Bellevue-Dayton Fire Department Board of Directors. He also maintained a civil litigation private practice in downtown Cincinnati prior to being named City Solicitor for Covington.

Frank is chairperson for the Northern Kentucky Bar Association Local Government Committee. He is a graduate of the Salmon P. Chase College of Law, and is licensed to practice law in Kentucky and Ohio.