Frankfort City Manager Fired

Kentucky’s capital city is looking for a new city manager. Frankfort’s current manager has been fired, effective January 3rd.

The Frankfort City Commission voted 4-0 to remove City Manager Tony Massey, who was hired in 2004.

Massey lost the commission’s confidence after he and Commissioner Kathy Carter were found in violation of the city’s ethics code.

The ethics commission fined each $1,000 after Massey allegedly showed Carter favor in bringing rental property she owns up to electrical code. Massey did not appeal the ethics ruling, but Carter did.

Carter, who was defeated at the polls in November, abstained in Massey’s firing.

Massey, who makes more than $107,000 per year, was one of Frankfort’s longest serving city managers. Former manager Ken Thompson was forced out in 2002, and his replacement, Bob Elliott, was fired in 2003.

The search for Massey’s replacement is now underway.

By Tony McVeigh

Veteran broadcast journalist Tony McVeigh has been covering Kentucky politics since 1986, reporting for Clear Channel Communications before joining Kentucky Public Radio in 2004. His stories are aired by seven KPR affiliates, whose signals blanket the Commonwealth and parts of surrounding states. McVeigh began his broadcasting career at WRFC in Athens, Georgia, while earning a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism from the University of Georgia. He has extensive anchor/reporter experience, including stints with South Carolina Network and Georgia Radio News Service in Atlanta. In 2007 and 2008, McVeigh was named Best Radio Reporter in the Kentucky Associated Press Awards. He also picked up consecutive AP Awards for Best Political Coverage. McVeigh won four Kentucky AP Awards in 2009, six in 2010 - including Best Political Coverage and Best Hard News Feature - and three in 2011. His coverage of the 2007 Kentucky governor's race topped the Political Reporting category of the Society of Professional Journalists Green Eyeshade Awards of 2008. In 2009, McVeigh placed second in Courts and Law Reporting in the Atlanta-based competition for journalists in 11 Southern states. McVeigh is also the proud recipient of an Individual Liberty Award from the Kentucky Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers. The Brunswick, Georgia, native is a die-hard UGA football fan who enjoys photography, astronomy, live music, hiking Kentucky's Red River Gorge and exploring the state's beautiful back roads. McVeigh and his big, fat, black cat Simon, reside in Frankfort, KY.