Training sessions for members of many community boards who have fiscal and staff oversight of the agencies they serve will get under way in September.
Lexington Mayor Jim Newberry, saying recent news reports about several agencies have been of concern to many citizens, announced the training plan Monday. The city is partnering with the University of Kentucky Nonprofit Leadership Initiative to provide the sessions.
Community boards slated for training are those in which some or all of their members are appointed by the mayor and confirmed by the Lexington-Fayette Urban County Council.
Newberry's announcement comes during an ongoing series of articles in the Herald-Leader about spending practices of top executives at several government or quasi-government agencies, including those at two local agencies, Blue Grass Airport and the Lexington Public Library.
Some of the executives have resigned or been fired from their jobs, and the agencies they worked for have instituted changes in the way they operate.
State auditor Crit Luallen's office found excessive spending among executives and a lack of oversight at the airport earlier this year, and a criminal investigation was begun.
The state auditor's office is currently looking into spending at the Kentucky League of Cities and the Kentucky Association of Counties - two statewide agencies that the Herald-Leader has investigated - while the city is auditing the library.
Members of about 17 community boards have been slated for training. The first training session will be from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. September 15 in the third floor conference room of the Phoenix Building at 101 East Vine Street. Current appointees to those boards are strongly encouraged to undergo the training, while future appointees will be required to do so, said Susan Straub, a spokeswoman for the mayor. Training for members of other boards will be held later.
The first batch of boards slated for training include the Lexington-Fayette County Airport Board; Lexington-Fayette Urban County Library Board of Trustees; Lexington Public Library Board of Advisors; Lexington-Fayette Urban County Housing Authority Board of Commissioners; Lexington Center Corporation Board of Directors; Lexington-Fayette Urban County Tourist and Convention Commission; Transit Authority of the Lexington-Fayette Urban County Government; Lexington-Fayette Urban County Board of Health; and Community Action Council Board of Directors.
Board members can register for training by calling 258-3100.