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City of Bowling Green. City Government. Bowling Green. Bowling Green at a Glance. Incorporated 1812 Form of government: City Manager Population: 51,294 Area: 35 square miles Time Zone: Central Area Code: 270. City Flag. The city flag is green with a fountain on it.

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city of bowling green

City of Bowling Green

City Government

bowling green at a glance
Bowling Green at a Glance
  • Incorporated 1812
  • Form of government: City Manager
  • Population: 51,294
  • Area: 35 square miles
  • Time Zone: Central
  • Area Code: 270
city flag
City Flag
  • The city flag is green with a fountain on it.
  • The fountain is from Fountain Square Park.

The fountain in Fountain Square Park.

  • Elaine Walker
    • The mayor is elected every four years.
    • Mayor Walker is the third woman mayor in Bowling Green history.
city council
City Council
  • City Commissioners are elected every four years.
  • The Council holds meetings twice a month.
  • Meetings are open so anyone can come and listen.

Joe Denning, Brian Strow, Mayor Walker, Bruce Wilkerson, Brian “Slim” Nash

commissioner joe denning
Commissioner Joe Denning
  • Mr. Denning worked with the City School Commission for 17 years.
  • He is the first black commissioner in Bowling Green history.
commissioner brian strow
Commissioner Brian Strow
  • Mr. Strow is a professor of economics at Western Kentucky University.
commissioner bruce wilkerson
Commissioner Bruce Wilkerson
  • Mr. Wilkerson is a retired police officer.
  • He is also a local businessman.
commissioner brian nash
Commissioner Brian Nash
  • Mr. Nash has spent his entire career in public service. 
  • He has worked a lot with troubled youth.
city management
City Management
  • There are many boards that help the mayor and the city council run Bowling Green.
  • The members of each board are appointed by Mayor Walker.

City Hall

city boards and services
City Boards and Services
  • Public Transportation
    • Buses for people who can’t drive.
  • Municipal Utilities
    • Water and electricity for our homes
  • Police & Fire
    • Make our community safe
  • Trash Collection
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City Boards and Services

Human Rights Commission

    • Helps people who are hurt because they are different.
  • Public Libraries
    • Buy books and take care of the libraries.
  • Historic Preservation
    • They take care of old buildings important to Bowling Green history.
  • And many more.
city and county
City and County
  • There are many things that the city and the county work on together.
  • Contractors Licensing Board
  • Drug Task Force
  • Emergency Management
  • Planning Commission
core content 1 st 2 nd grades
Core Content 1st & 2nd grades
  • SS-EP-1.2.1
    • Students will describe how their local government is structured (e.g., mayor, city council, judge-executive, fiscal court, local courts) and compare their local government to other community governments in Kentucky.
  • Student Target
    • I can identify and explain the basic purpose of local government.
    • I can identify and explain examples of services local governments provide.
    • I can describe how my local government is structured.