|Connie Grubbs, who joined Fort Thomas City Council in 2020, is leaving to take a position with the Metropolitan Opera|
by Robin Gee
Fort Thomas council member Connie Grubbs has resigned and is leaving the city for what she calls “the job of a lifetime.” She has accepted a position as stage manager for the Metropolitan Opera in New York City.
“It is the job of a lifetime for me for what I do professionally. It’s the premier opera house in the country, in the world,” she said. She will be leaving her position as stage manager with the Cincinnati Opera, where she started as an intern in 2002.
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The process can be described as a whirlwind. She was offered the position last week on Jan. 10 and will start at the Met in one week.
“The kids and Zach are going to stay here, finish out the school year, and we’ll be moving in August, but that means I need to resign from city council and a whole bunch of other things I do here,” she said.
Grubbs plate is full. She serves as secretary for the Campbell County Democrats and is on the state central executive committee for the Kentucky Democratic Party. A room parent for both her children at Ruth Moyer Elementary she is the secretary of the school’s PTO and a coach for the Odyssey of the Mind academic competition. She also is active at her church, St. John United Church of Christ in Bellevue.
“I will say it is quite literally a dream come true,” Grubbs said. “It’s coming at a higher cost than I ever anticipated because we love our lives here, but it’s something we have to do.”
Grubbs has lived on the east coast before, attending high school and college in New Jersey. She earned a bachelor’s degree in music education from Rutgers. She came to Cincinnati to attend the University of Cincinnati’s College-Conservatory of Music for a graduate degree. It was while attending CCM that she took an internship with the Cincinnati Opera and continued to work there after graduation.
“I love what I do,” she said. “This is both exciting but terrifying…we’re going to have to make some sacrifices but it’s an opportunity of a lifetime.”
Grubbs lives in Fort Thomas with her two children and husband, Zach Grubbs,
who is the principal at the Otto M. Buding Academy for the
She will make her official announcement at the city council meeting on Tuesday, January 18. By state law, council will have 30 days to appoint a replacement. If left unfilled for that time, the governor can appoint someone. The position will be voted upon in the November election.