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Posted on: June 17, 2022

County's Flags Flown at Half-Mast in Honor of Former Kenton County Commissioner Charlie Summe

Flags Half Mast at Kenton County Government Center.

The Kenton County Fiscal Court voted to fly the County’s flags at half-mast in honor of former Kenton County Commissioner Charles “Charlie” Summe who passed away on June 12, 2022. 

Mr. Summe was elected Kenton County Commissioner in 1962 and served for 32 years. During his tenure, he served with Judges/Executive James Dressman, Robert Aldemeyer, and Clyde Middleton. 

“To the best of our knowledge, Charlie Summe was the longest serving Commissioner in Kenton County history,” said Judge/Executive Kris Knochelmann. “His dedication to public service was extraordinary, and he leaves behind an incredible legacy.”

Charlie Summe with Fiscal Court Members

Some of the notable projects from Mr. Summe’s tenure on Fiscal Court included building the government center at 303 Court Street in Covington that housed the City of Covington, Kenton County, the jail, and the judicial branch, and establishing a countywide health department, library district, and Northern Kentucky Convention and Visitors Bureau. 

Mr. Summe was also involved in the development of the Golf Courses of Kenton County and the expansion of the Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport. He also helped establish the Transit Authority of Northern Kentucky. 

“We are incredibly thankful and appreciative of Charlie Summe’s service to Kenton County. We extend our deepest condolences to his family during this difficult time,” added Judge/Executive Knochelmann. 

Charlie married his wife, Jane, in 1961, and together they had ten children. He leaves behind 40 grandchildren and three great grandchildren. His full obituary is available at Middendorf-Funeral Home.

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