City Manager's Office


The City of Covington operates under the city manager form of government as set by state law.

The City Manager is the chief administrative official of the City and is responsible for managing all essential City services, including public safety, public improvements, recreation, budgeting and finance, strategic planning and development, and all operational departments.

The City Manager reports to and is appointed by the Board of Commissioners, a five-member elected board which collectively determines policies and sets the vision and direction for the City through its legislative votes. The principal responsibility of the City Manager is to execute that policy and vision.

The Office of the City Manager consists of the city manager, the assistant city manager, and two executive assistants.


Ken Smith was appointed City Manager in September 2021 after filling that position on an interim basis for 13 weeks. Smith had directed the Covington Neighborhood Services Department since April 2018 and previously was executive director of Price Hill Will, a non-profit community development corporation in Cincinnati, and chief operations officer of Brighton Properties Inc. 

Smith can be reached at

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