Tuesday night Joe Denning was sworn in as mayor of Bowling Green, making him the first African-American mayor in city history.

"I will always do the best I can to make people across this country when they think of the commonwealth of Kentucky to not only think of Louisville and Lexington but also Bowling Green Kentucky," Denning said.

Denning has seen his fare share of ups and downs as commissioner.

In 2004 he didn't win re-election but was re-elected in 2006.

He says that experience showed him something.

"I interpret it as the citizens of the community have a lot of trust and confidence in me having voted me back in and when I came back I had more votes than I did anytime prior to," he said.

After he was sworn in it was business as usual and looking toward the future.

Which is now the open city commission seat.

The deadline to apply was Tuesday at 4 pm and 18 people sent in resumes.

Commissioner Bill Waltrip says he is still determining what he would like to see from candidates.

"I haven't really finalized what I want to see obviously community service would be good and make sure they qualify being a citizen of Bowling Green and are eligible to vote and things like that but I don't have a pre determined list right now," he said.

Starting Tuesday night the commissioners and Mayor Denning will have 30 to appoint a new commissioner.

If they don't in the 30 days, Governor Steve Beshear will make the decision.


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