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Biographies of the Mayor, Commissioners, and City Manager


Mayor Ron Payne
Mayor Ron Payne
Ron Payne retired as an Assistant Professor of Accounting at Brescia University in May of 2008. Prior to this position he was City Manager of Owensboro Kentucky, the City’s Chief Administrative Officer, for six years until his retirement in August of 2003... read more

Mayor Pro Tem Pamela Smith-Wright
Mayor Pro Tem Deborah May Nunley
Deborah May Nunley was born and raised in Owensboro, KY. She has been a member of Owensboro’s real estate community for over 34 years, winning the Pinnacle Award for Distinguished Service (Owensboro Board of Realtors) and Realtor of the Year in 1981 and 1998. She is the current co-owner and President of Golden Ventures, Inc., Past Broker/co-owner of Century 21 Partners and served as past president of the Owensboro Board of Realtors. read more
Commissioner Tem Pamela Smith-Wright Commissioner Pam Smith-Wright
Pamela LaVerne Smith-Wright was born and reared in Owensboro, the daughter of Ethel and Willie Smith, Jr. Her father worked many years for Green River Steel Corporation before his death in 1969.  Pam’s mother worked for the The American Tobacco Company (Cigar Factory) and retired from Select Liquors.  She passed away in 2006. read more
Commissioner David Johnson Commissioner Bob Glenn
Bob Glenn is an award winning teacher, scholar, and debate coach. He is a tenured Full Professor of Communication and serves as the Director of the Forensics program at Owensboro Community and Technical College, where he has served for nearly two decades. Bob has served in a number of prominent professional posts including as President of the Kentucky Communication Association, Founder of the Community College Division within the Southern States Communication Association, and past President of the Owensboro chapter of Toastmasters 1730. read more
Commissioner Jeff Sanford Commissioner Jeff Sanford
Jeff Sanford is serving his first term as Owensboro City Commissioner and brings with him 19 years experience in running small businesses within the publishing and public relation fields. He believes in both fiscal and social conservatism and his first priority is listening to the constituents. read more
City Manager Bill Parrish City Manager Bill Parrish
Bill Parrish was selected by the City Commission of Owensboro, Kentucky, as the City Manager in December, 2007. He worked as the Street and Sanitation Superintendent from 2001 until... read more