Sharon G. NeSmith appointed to Owensboro Board of Commissioners

Owensboro City officials interviewing candidates for open commission seat
Published: May. 16, 2023 at 5:35 PM CDT
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EVANSVILLE, Ind. (WFIE) - Sharon G. NeSmith was appointed to the Owensboro Board of Commissioners on Tuesday, beating out 29 other candidates.

A seat was open following the passing of Commissioner Larry Maglinger, leaving the Board of Commissioners to appoint a replacement until November.

The 30 applicants had the opportunity to interview before the commissioners on Monday and Tuesday.

In NeSmith’s interview she highlighted her experience as the general manager of the downtown Hampton Inn and her ability to learn as an asset to the board.

“Years ago, I knew nothing about running a hotel,” she said. “I didn’t know anything about boilers. Now, you just ask me about an HVAC unit, and I can help with that.”

When asked about what issues she believes the city needs to address, she mentioned adding Electric vehicle charging stations and stressed a need for public transportation.

“I have people that work at the hotel 24/7,” she said. “I see them at 10 p.m. at night walking out in the rain getting soaked. There needs to be an answer.”

NeSmith said over the next six months, she just wants to become as good a commissioner as she can.

“I really need to just learn,” she said. “I’m hoping there will be ways I can contribute. I’ve always not been shy. If I don’t understand something, I’m going to ask you about it.”

In November, she’ll need to earn the position again.

A special election will be held alongside the general election to elect the person that will serve out the remainder of Maglinger’s term.

That position will be held until November of 2024.