Joe Denning Named New Bowling Green Mayor

"It is sponsored and is unanimous in it's sponsorship by myself commissioner Bill Waltrip and commissioner Bruce Wilkerson naming commissioner Joe Denning not only as mayor pro tem for up to thirty days but continuing to name mayor Joe Denning," commissioner Brian 'Slim' Nash said.

And with that opening statement, it was official.

Bowling Green has a new mayor.

He then took center stage.

"They had an opportunity to have chosen anyone whether it was a city commissioner or someone else in the community and I am honored that they chose me," Mayor Denning said.

Mayor Denning made a point to say that this is not all about him.

"This is our city. This is not Joe Denning's city. This is our city and all of us are going to do what we can to make Bowling Green a better place to live and raise their family," he said.

Commissioner Bruce Wilkerson, the only person to officially file to run for mayor in November, then explained the process they used to decide to appoint Denning.

"When we completed that discussion it always came back to the fact that in the absence of a mayor the mayor pro tem acts in that absence and we felt like the community thought the mayor pro tem should be the mayor until the special election in November," he said.

It's been only a month on the job for commissioner Bill Waltrip and he has already seen quite a bit, from a heated smoking discussion to a new mayor.

"Some of it seems like a whirlwhind and some of it you don't always foresee we're a growing vibrant city there is always and in the remainder of my term there will be things we actually wouldn't thought happened but that's part of being apart of a growing vibrant city," Waltrip said.

There is now an open city commissioner spot, which will be a primary focus and Denning says it won't take long to choose someone.

The next commissioner's meeting will be February 15th.


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