Covington City Commissioners vote to fire finance director Robert Due

COVINGTON, Ky. - Covington City Commissioners voted to fire the city's finance director at a board meeting Tuesday night at Covington City Hall.

Robert Due, 63, was suspended indefinitely last week from his position while investigators look into the possible misappropriation of more than $300,000 in city funds.

Due allegedly took funds during a three-year period beginning in 2010, according to Covington City Manager Larry Klein.

Klein said Covington officials were advised by city staff on Thursday that there were alleged "significant improprieties related to the use of city funds" after they discovered irregularities in the processing of checks and funds.

On Friday, Aug. 23, Due was suspended indefinitely while officials investigated the allegations.

Covington City Commissioner Chuck Eisleman told 9 On Your Side the board voted unanimously to terminate Due Tuesday.

The city says it will try to get back the money it accuses Due of taking.

Due had a video arraignment with a Kenton County judge on Monday who reduced his bond to $10,000.

Last week Klein appointed the finance department's accounting and operations manager, Jerome Heist, as interim finance director. The move was formally approved by the city board of commissioners during the special meeting Tuesday evening.

Covington's annual audit for 2012-13 is scheduled to begin in the near future.

Due had served as the city's finance director since 1999.

The case remains under investigation.

Web editor Casey Weldon contributed to this report.

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