The 2016 election brought with it four returning members and one new member to the City’s Board of Commissioners. Below we take a moment to get to know our elected officials better.
Mayor Bruce Wilkerson
With his involvement in business, commercial development, and education, plus his background with city government, Bruce Wilkerson brings a unique perspective to the City of Bowling Green. His goals are to bring sound business management skills to the City, and to continue to strive toward accountability in city finances.
Mayor Wilkerson holds a Bachelor of Science degree and Associate of Arts degree from Murray State University and is a graduate from the FBI National Academy. He is a retired Captain with the Bowling Green Police Department, former Chief Financial Officer for Sheldon Enterprises, and is the current Campus President for Daymar College. He serves on many boards, such as Bowling Green Area Chamber of Commerce – Board of Directors and Ambassadors Group, Builders Association of Southern Kentucky – Board of Directors, and Housing Authority of Bowling Green – Board of Directors, to name a few.
He has been happily married to Kim since 1978.
Commissioner Joe Denning
Joe Denning was born and raised in Bowling Green and is deeply rooted in the community. The High Street High School graduate spent much of his career as a Bowling Green police officer and a Kentucky State Trooper. He is also a former Bowling Green Independent Board Member. Commissioner Denning was originally elected in 1990 and has served 22 nonconsecutive years in office, including 9 months as the first African American Mayor of Bowling Green.
Commissioner Denning has three daughters, Kita, Larecia and Yvette, two are graduates from Bowling Green High School and one is a graduate from Warren Central High School. All are graduates of Western Kentucky University. He also has seven grandchildren and one great-grandchild. Four grandchildren graduated from Bowling Green High School and one grandchild is currently a freshman there as well. Two grandchildren are graduates of Campbellsville University, one is a graduate of Western Kentucky University, one is a graduate of the University of Louisville, one is a sophomore at the University of Louisville, and one is a senior at Western Kentucky University.
Commissioner Denning likes all sporting events, including high school and college. He tries to attend as many games as possible.
Commissioner Brian “Slim” Nash
Brian “Slim” Nash prides himself in public service. Growing up in Terre Haute, Indiana, Commissioner Nash was always instilled with the values and desire to help his fellow citizens. In 1988 he moved to Bowling Green to attend Western Kentucky University on a Men’s Swimming Scholarship and received his Bachelor of Arts degree in 1993 in the field of Sociology and Criminology. After attending Graduate School at WKU he decided to dedicate his life to helping children & young adults in his community and surrounding areas. He went on to work with LifeSkills, Inc., Warren County Juvenile Delinquency Prevention Council, Warren County Family Court One, and Warren County Juvenile Drug Court.
Since May of 2007 Commissioner Nash has been employed with Uspiritus, Inc. (formerly Bellewood Presbyterian Home for Children) where he has served in multiple capacities and currently serves as the Director for Western Kentucky Community Based Services. He oversees the operation of multiple programs including Family Preservation, Reunification and Diversion services in the ten county Barren River Development District, Therapeutic Foster Care in twenty-seven Western Kentucky counties and an Independent Living program.
Commissioner Nash is the proud father of one son, Will, and one daughter, Presley. Will graduated from Bowling Green High School in 2012 and Western Kentucky University in 2016 with a Bachelor of Science in Agriculture studying turf management and horticulture. He began work at Jack Nicholas’ Muirfield Village Golf Club in Dublin, Ohio as the Assistant-In-Training in January 2017. Presley is a senior at Greenwood High School and will graduate in May 2017. Presley plays an active role in the Bowling Green community through her “Presley’s Promise – Homeless Outreach” organization that collects and distributes needed items to the homeless. Commissioner Nash is proud of his many professional accomplishments but all of those pale in comparison to how proud he is of his children.
Commissioner Sue Parrigin
Sue Parrigin is Manager at Western Kentucky University (WKU) Career and Workforce Development Training Program within the Division of Extended Learning and Outreach. Sue also teaches in WKU’s Leadership Studies and Hospitality Management programs, as well as serving as adjunct faculty at Kent State University in Kent, Ohio. Commissioner Parrigin received her Masters of Art in Education in Student Affairs/Counseling in 2005 from WKU and also completed her Doctoral studies in Higher Education Administration and Organizational Leadership from the University of Louisville in 2009.
In addition to Commissioner Parrigin’s day to day work with WKU, she is active in her local communities. She is the recipient of the communities Athena Award in 2012, is the current president of the Bowling Green Chamber of Commerce Ambassador’s Club, and is actively involved in chambers in Owensboro, Franklin, Bowling Green, and Morgantown, KY. She is also involved with three human resource councils and three economic development organizations. She volunteers with the United Way Day of Caring, Top Crops, local housing authority, and a number of other local non-profits.
Commissioner Parrigin has been married to Lyle for 33 years. She and Lyle like to travel, boat, golf, and cook. They are the proud parents of one son, L.J., who is a Gatton Academy of Math and Sciences in KY and WKU graduate, and is currently a graduate student in Ft. Wayne, IN.
Commissioner Rick Williams
Rick Williams has been a Bowling Green resident for over 50 years and attended Bowling Green Public Schools and Western Kentucky University. Commissioner Williams is employed by Forever Communications Inc and serves as the general manager.
Dedicated to the community and public service, Commissioner Williams is a secretary and board member of the BG Noon Rotary Club, past president of the BG/WC Jaycees, a current board member and former chairman of Friends of L&N Depot, and a past board president of Big Brothers and Big Sisters. In addition, he has served as a board member for the Bowling Green Area Chamber of Commerce, Operation PRIDE, WKU Research Foundation, and the SOKY Fair. He is also a graduate of Leadership Bowling Green, as well as the Bowling Green Police Department’s Citizen’s Police Academy.
Commissioner Williams has been married to Deborah Williams (Executive Director of H.A.N.D.S., Inc.) for over 40 years. They have two daughters and two grandsons.