COVINGTON, Ky. – Bruce Applegate is the new assistant city manager for the City of Covington.
More than 140 people applied for the position.
Applegate comes to Covington from Oak Ridge, Tennessee where he was the personnel director/director of administrative services. He will begin his new position in Covington December 9.
“Frankly, I don’t know why you didn’t have more applicants,” Applegate said after the meeting. “I feel like I lucked out with this position.”
Applegate replaces Frank Warnock, who left Covington in January to become city admistrator of Bellevue in Campbell County, Kentucky.
Applegate says he got a great sense of what kind of town Covington was from the mayor of Oak Ridge, Tom Beehan. Beehan was actually the mayor of Covington from 1984-87 and Applegate says Beehan couldn’t say enough good things about Covington.
“He wouldn’t stop singing your praises,” Applegate said. “He told me I really needed to check you out.”
City manager David Johnston says Applegate will have several roles in the city – including leading collective bargaining negotiations, dealing with priority-based budgeting – as well as serving as a resource for other department heads and managers.
Applegate has a Master’s degree in public administration and public policy from the University of Tennessee and a bachelor’s degree in political science and history from Purdue University.
The Covington City COmmission voted 5-0 to hire Applegate.