The Northern Kentucky Regional Ethics Authority (NKREA) was established in December 1994. The NKREA was created through an interlocal agreement and is governed by representatives from participating jurisdictions. The NKREA enforces city/county ethics ordinances, acts as an oversight board, appoints an Enforcement Committee to rule on potential violations, and reviews financial disclosure reporting compliance.
As of November 2006, eleven cities and one county were members of the Regional Ethics Authority. Members pay $600 in the initial year, and $300 every year after for all costs, including financial disclosure collection, open records request response, and any advisory questions or ethical complaint hearings that could arise.
The NKREA contracts with the Northern Kentucky Area Development District to provide staffing services and serve as a records depository.
In the year 2000, the NADO Research Foundation presented the Innovation Award to the Northern Kentucky Regional Ethics Authority. In September 2000 the NKREA was recognized by the Kentucky Performance Audit of Local Government Ethics Codes and Boards (Auditor of Public Accounts) as the only regional ethics board in the Commonwealth in compliance with the Interlocal Cooperation Act.
Any city, county or special government entity is eligible to join the NKREA by becoming party to the interlocal agreement.
Who does the Program Benefit / What are the Benefits?
The NKREA benefits the jurisdictions that are party to the interlocal agreement. Jurisdictions participating in the NKREA benefit through the increased efficiencies of various jurisdictions cooperating to carry out required administrative and enforcement tasks.
Services Offered within the Program
Maintenance of financial disclosure statements
- Receipt of complaints alleging potential violations
- Issuance of opinions in response to inquiries
- Investigation of alleged violations
- NKADD staffing to ensure implementation of these responsibilities
Downloadable Forms (pdfs)
NKREA Enforcement Committee
Bellevue, Campbell County Cable Board, Covington, Crescent Springs, Elsmere, Erlanger, Florence, Fort Wright, Gratz, Independence, Ludlow, Melbourne, Monterey, Owen County, Park Hills, Pendleton, Southgate, Taylor Mill, Union, Walton, Williamstown, Woodlawn