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Lexington’s finance commissioner resigns to take state job

February 17, 2009 | | Comments 3
Kyna Koch

Kyna Koch

Kyna Koch, Lexington’s finance and administration commissioner, resigned from the post Tuesday to take a state job. Her resignation will be effective Feb. 27.

Mayor Jim Newberry said he will name an acting commissioner in the next few days.

Koch was the city commissioner that Newberry wanted to give a 12.7 percent salary increase last week, which would have raised her pay from $110,947 to $125,000 a year. Rather than taking action on the proposed salary increase, the Urban County Council tabled the issue.

Koch is leaving the city to become a staff member of the Legislative Research Commission.

“This has been a wonderful opportunity and I have loved being part of the exciting and positive changes that are taking place in Lexington under the leadership of Mayor Newberry,” Koch said in a statement. “Working for the legislature again is also an exciting opportunity.”

Koch has been finance and administration commissioner since January 2007 when Newberry took office. She had previously served as the senior financial officer in the Kentucky Department of Education.

“Kyna has led our city through some very difficult challenges,” Newberry said in a statement. “We will miss her knowledge and skill.”

- Michelle Ku

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  1. Jim says:

    She may be talented, but she probably aint worth that. I am glad to see that LRC has $125,000 laying around. What the heck is wrong with state govt? I thought there was a budget problem. What is so critical that they must fill this position? PUT A FREEZE ON ALL HIRING INCLUDING NON-MERIT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  2. Thunder Storm says:

    OMG, does it ever stop?

  3. Fedup2here says:

    After reading this article I see why Newberry wanted to give her a 12.5 percent raise. She is the only one I have heard say that they like the job the mayor is doing.