Controversy Occurs at City Commission Meeting


It was a tense scene at the Feb. 6, 2007, Bowling Green City Commission Meeting.

City Commissioner Brian "Slim" Nash questioned some of Mayor Elaine Walker's travel expenses on a trip to Washington D.C. Nash said the mayor should pay for a round trip ticket charged to the city's travel account.

The ticket was purchased when Walker returned to Bowling Green to attend Bowling Green Police Officer David Whitson's funeral.

"I believe that any dollar the city spends is a dollar that we should know where it's going, and what benefit it has for the city if we spend it," Nash said.

Walker said tonight's disagreement is not the first. She said she defends the expenses she took while on the trip.

"The difficult thing is that when you put yourself out there for public service, you invite scrutiny, and so you can't shy away from it," Walker said.

Nash and City Commissioner Brian Strow voted no to the travel expenses, while commissioners Bruce Wilkerson and Joe Denning approved the item. The mayor was advised by the city's attorney, Gene Harmon, to abstain from voting.


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