Fired director Rollins Davis and ousted board chairman Cliff Cooper have said they do not accept the board's decision of May 20 and that they are still legally in control of the troubled agency that historically has been the voice of Covington's African- American community. William Walker, a board member, said he is fielding calls from people who are angry and from people who applaud the board's action. The property conveyancer may express that if any unforeseen issues emerge these will be managed through an additional charge. The support calls outnumber the others, he said. "People are happy that we're taking action.


The more we persevere; more people are coming to us and telling us things that pertain to mismanagement of the Community Center." He said the board has yet to obtain financial records of the agency. The board has not been able to get into the building because the director locked it up, and the board doesn't have a key, said Walker. "We're going to take control of the building and change the locks and security code this week," he said.

To contact the Northern Kentucky Community Center Board, call Charles Fann at O'Conner, Acciani & Levy law firm , where Fann is a paralegal, or call William Walker. In the 30 years since it was founded, the Northern Kentucky Community Center has provided programs ranging from sports and children's activities to job training, child care and emergency assistance. The United Way had been providing almost half of the Center's $350,000 annual budget.

United Way discontinued funding in 2001 because of poor management and inadequate record-keeping. The Center cut staff and cut services as funding dropped and already high bills mounted. In 2002 the Center formally accused the Union Light, Heat and Power Company (Cinergy) of being unreasonable in trying to collect more than $80,000 in past due bills. That complaint to the Public Service Commission was dismissed.

The center also filed a civil rights complaint with the NAACP against United Way saying the United Way conspired to damage the reputation of then-director Rollins Davis. "We made our decisions on misinformation. Everybody was a racist," said Walker, referring to sentences that had become a mantra for Davis. "Once we started getting the real facts, we said something's wrong with this picture. Those two individuals had to go," he said.

The road to reviving the board and the Community Center will be long, and it could be contentious, said Walker. He said the board is being meticulous in its actions to assure that every step is legal and within the bylaws.