City approves new travel policy, 3-2

By GAYLE COULTER State Journal Staff Writer Published:

City commissioners may no longer travel with a city employee without prior approval from the board.

In a 3-2 vote, commissioners approved an order that would require prior written notice of travel plans for commissioners that would include "any city employee accompanying an elected official on travel outside Franklin County."

The new policy stems from a request by Commissioner Bob Roach at the February meeting after he voiced his disapproval that Mayor Bill May Jr. had Frankfort Police Capt. Ray Kinney accompany him to a mayors' conference in Washington, D.C.

May and Commissioner Lynn Bowers voted against the new policy.

May said he voted against it because the new policy just adds another layer of bureaucracy for city department heads.

Bowers said she doesn't like the idea of three commissioners having to sign off on the travel request of another commissioner because "trips to valuable conferences could be denied just because a majority doesn't like somebody."

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