Denning, no longer pro tem, appointed as Bowling Green mayor

Less than a week after being named mayor pro tem of Bowling Green, Joe Denning was appointed as mayor on Wednesday morning. Denning will serve until November 2011.

Herald Staff

Joe Denning is Bowling Green’s new mayor.

Denning’s appointment was announced Wednesday morning in a press conference at the Sloan Convention Center.

Former Mayor Elaine Walker was sworn in as Kentucky’s secretary of state last Saturday, leading Denning to become mayor pro tem. Denning officially loses the temporary title on Feb. 15 and will serve until November 2011 as Bowling Green’s first black mayor.

Denning was quick to shift the spotlight away from himself on Wednesday as he announced his theme moving forward.

“This is our city,” he said. “This is not Joe Denning’s city.”

City commissioners made the decision to appoint Denning after a closed session following Tuesday’s regularly scheduled city commission meeting.

A special election will be held in November 2011 to determine who will serve until December 2012.

Look for more on Bowling Green’s mayoral situation in Friday’s Herald.