By: Rachel Markin Email
By: Rachel Markin Email

"About six and half hours left," says Mayor Joe Denning, as he looks down at his watch.

Mayor Joe Denning has spent his last day cleaning out his office and reflecting on his days here.

"I was the first black City Commissioner and first black on the police here in Bowling Green."

Despite his years spent in public service Denning says he never dreamed he would be where he was today.

"I never saw myself as becoming Mayor," says Denning.

After being appointed Mayor, Denning's goal was to continue to take care of the city.

"With the time frame I was Mayor I didn't have a lot of time to make new projections," says Denning.

The Mayor says he enjoyed serving the community but the call of duty could be challenging at times.

"Being Mayor is a lot more involved than people think, even though its a part time position you're expected to be everywhere. And you just can't do it all," says Denning.

Joe Denning says now his number one concern is jobs.

"Our community must have a continued effort towards attracting jobs or expanding jobs through the employers we already have," says Denning.

Because Bowling Green is Joe Denning's lifelong home, he hopes to stay involved as long as he can.

"If someone says Joe Denning has accomplished something it is because of the people in this community who have helped me do that," says Denning.

Mayor Denning says he will accept a vacant City Commissioner seat if it is offered to him. is happy to provide a forum for commenting and discussion. Please respect and abide by the house rules:

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