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COVINGTON, Ky. -- The City of Covington will begin its work to get back more than $300,000 in missing funds on Friday.

An audit committee was scheduled to meet Friday afternoon to discuss a new internal auditor position, in addition to other issues. That meeting was canceled, officials have not said when it will be rescheduled.

Earlier, city commissioners unanimously voted to fire former Finance Director Robert Due, 62, at a board meeting Tuesday night at City Hall.

Due had been suspended earlier while investigators looked into possible misappropriation of city funds.

Due has been accused of taking the funds over a three-year period. The city says it will try to get back the money it accuses Due of taking.

Due was arraigned Monday in a Kenton County court on a $10,000 bond.

Last week, City Manager Larry Klein appointed the finance department's accounting and operations manager, Jerome Heist, as interim finance director.

Klein said the city also bought new financial software in addition to creating the internal auditor program.

Covington's annual audit for 2012-13 is scheduled to begin in the near future.

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