Wednesday, November 25, 2015

BREAKING: Fort Thomas City Councilman Accepts Leadership Role in Frankfort in Bevin Administration

Adam Meier to Join Governor-Elect, Matt Bevin's, Policy Team

Adam Meier. Provided. 
Fort Thomas City Councilman, Adam Meier, will resign his position on the Fort Thomas City Council to join the leadership team of Governor-Elect, Matt Bevin, in Frankfort.

Meier's new title, will be Deputy Chief of Staff for Policy.

"It has been my distinct pleasure to serve the people of Fort Thomas over these last 11 months.  I cannot thank the voters enough for giving me the opportunity to do so," said Meier. "Accepting this new position was not a decision I made lightly.  Although I will not be able to complete my term, I am happy with the progress that we made, and the discussions that we started. I have no doubt that these conversations will continue under the excellent leadership of Mayor Haas and the rest of council. It is certainly comforting to me knowing that the city I live in has such a high caliber Mayor, council and staff--and I was fortunate to experience this first hand."

"We continue to add depth to the bench as we carefully fill key roles in the administration,” said Governor-Elect Bevin. “Adam Meier has been an invaluable resource in shaping our policy agenda and will add a steady hand to the process in the governor’s office.”

Meier, 33, a Northern Kentucky attorney, served as a policy and political adviser for the Bevin Gubernatorial campaign. In addition to state level campaign experience, Meier has public service experience, working as Senior Contracting Officer for the Federal government, as well as serving as a member of the Fort Thomas City Council. As Deputy Chief of Staff for Policy, Meier’s focus will be oversight of policy advising, formation, coordination and implementation to move Governor Bevin’s agenda forward.

Meier is a graduate of Georgetown College and the Florida Coastal School of Law. He and his wife Laura, reside in Fort Thomas with three children.

"The 4th district, in particular Northern Kentucky, needs a conservative voice on the Governor's staff. I can think of no better voice than Adam Meier. Adam has a great command of policy issues at all levels of Government. This is a great hire for the Commonwealth and for Northern Kentucky," said Congressman Thomas Massie (4th District).

Fort Thomas Mayor, Eric Haas, agreed. 

“It’s going to be a great thing for Adam and for Northern Kentucky to have him in his new role in Matt Bevin’s administration,” said Haas.  "We are going to miss him on council. He’s very intelligent, caring and I love the fact that he researches each issue in depth before he takes a stand. He’s been a great listener and doesn’t take offense if someone disagrees with him. You can have an intelligent conversation with him and I really respect that a lot.”

According to Jennifer McGrath of the Campbell County Clerk's office, Fort Thomas will have to appoint someone to fill Meier's seat on council. The only restrictions will be the same as getting a name on the general election ballot: you must be 18 years old and have lived in the city for over a year. 

The appointed term will expire with the other council seats, on December 31, 2016. 

Haas was appointed to his first political seat on the Newport City Commission, when he replaced a Commissioner who died in 1986.

Bevin also announced that Andrew McNeill will serve as Senior Advisor to the Governor. McNeil, 42, has been the Executive Director for the Kentucky Oil and Gas Association since December 2012. His prior professional experience includes serving as legislative director in Kentucky’s Governor’s Office. He was the Chief of Staff to Kentucky’s Secretary of Commerce and the Executive Director for the Kentucky Office of Energy Policy.

"I am humbled at the opportunity to serve the Bevin Administration.  From the beginning, Governor-elect Bevin has laid out a clear vision to move Kentucky down the road to economic prosperity. I look forward helping the Governor-elect achieve his positive vision. Rest assured, that in the capacity of Deputy Chief of Staff for Policy in the Bevin Administration, I will continue to advocate for effective and efficient policy at the state level," said Meier.

In his time on Fort Thomas City Council, Meier led the charge to discuss a budget neutral property tax rate, campaigned on his "Pretty the City" initiative  to create a tax moratorium on some property types that would improve the tax base at no cost to the tax payer and started a discussion that would use franchise fees to replace individuals having to pay for street repair. 

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