Kris Knochelmann

Office of the County Judge / Executive
Title: Judge / Executive
Phone: 859-835-1500
Kris Knochelmann

Kris Knochelmann is a lifelong resident of Kenton County, growing up in Taylor Mill and Covington as the youngest of nine children. He graduated from Covington Latin School, then Xavier University with a degree in accounting, before taking the lead in the family business.

Schneller & Knochelmann Plumbing Heating & Air
Kris and his wife, Lisa, now own Schneller & Knochelmann Plumbing Heating Air, a business founded in 1928 that employs more than 100 team members throughout its offices in Covington and Cincinnati. Kris has worked in the plumbing and HVAC industry since he was 15 years old.

As Kenton County Judge/Executive, Kris is an advocate for government efficiency and effectiveness, regional and county cooperation, and accountability.  From leading the effort to reform the Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport (CVG) Board to improving Northern Kentucky’s economic development organization, Kris has actively worked to improve the performance of the region’s organizations supporting private enterprise, entrepreneurship and job creation.

In addition to his responsibilities as the Kenton County Judge/Executive, Kris serves on numerous boards, which include: the Northern Kentucky Area Development District Board of Directors, the Northern Kentucky Tri-Ed Board, the Northern Kentucky Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors, past president of the OKI Regional Council of Governments, the St. Elizabeth Board of Trustees, the Horizon Council of Trustees, Blue North, as well as many others.


Among his accomplishments as the Kenton County Judge/Executive, Kris has received numerous awards including: Boy Scouts of America Trailblazer Award, Transitions Heroes Against Heroin, Building Industry Association of NKY 2020 Community Leadership Award and the NKY Community Action Commission Doris Wiedemann Memorial Outstanding Board Member Award.

Personal Life
Kris and Lisa are parishioners at St. Joseph’s in Crescent Springs, and all three of their children, Liz, Ben, and Drew, also live in Kenton County.


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