The City of Bowling Green Senior Management Team is comprised of 12 members. Our group consists of the City Manager, Assistant City Manager/CFO and eight other Department Heads, the Internal Auditor and Executive Assistant/Public Information Officer.
Our team’s purpose is to guide the City workforce’s efforts to achieve the overall goals and comply with policies of the City, as set forth by the Board of Commissioners, within established governmental regulations and the adopted City budget. We meet on a monthly basis as a group to discuss a variety of topics including how to achieve policy, Board of Commissioners goals, budget execution, and more.
Senior Management Members (Alphabetical)
Brent Belcher Director, Parks & Recreation
Brent Belcher began working at Bowling Green Parks and Recreation in 1993 as an intern, and his first full-time job was as the Special Populations Coordinator. He worked 14 years in this position until he was promoted to the Recreation Division Manager in 2008. In 2012, he was selected as the department’s 4th Director.
Brent has attained both his Bachelor’s (Recreation major and Business Administration minor in 1993) and his Masters of Science (Recreation Administration) from WKU.
He is a Certified Parks and Recreation Executive (first in the state of Kentucky in 2012).
Brent’s wife, Angie, and 2 children love Bowling Green and are proud to make this great city their home.
Brent Childers Director, Neighborhood & Community Services
Brent is the Director of Neighborhood and Community Services for the City of Bowling Green. The Neighborhood and Community Services Department is responsible for overseeing Building Permits and Inspections, Property Maintenance Enforcement, Section 8 Housing, International Liaison, Neighborhood Services, Citizen Information, and Grant Oversight. Currently, Brent oversees an annual grant funded budget of over $5 million. Prior to joining the City of Bowling Green, Brent worked as Public Administration Specialist for the Barren River Area Development District.
Brent worked on a variety of community and economic development projects ranging from $5,000 to $2.5 Million. Brent has a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from The University of the South and a Masters of Public Administration from WKU. He lives in Bowling Green with his wife, Brittney and their son Ryder.
Jason Colson Chief, Bowling Green Fire Department
Jason Colson is the Fire Chief for the City of Bowling Green. Jason began his career in the fire service in 1993 with the Henderson KY Fire Department. He began employment with the City of Bowling Green in 1995 as a firefighter. He was promoted to Sergeant in 2000 and to Captain in 2006. In 2014, he was promoted to the Assistant Chief of Training. In 2016, he was appointed as Fire Chief.
Jason was born and raised in Bowling Green where he graduated from Warren Central High School in 1990. Jason attended Western Kentucky University and currently attends Eastern Kentucky University where he is pursuing his Bachelor’s Degree in Fire Administration. Currently, Jason holds an Associate’s Degree in General Studies - Justice and Safety from Eastern Kentucky University.
Jason and his wife of 20 years, June, have two children, Ty and Trey.
Jason enjoys spending time as a fan of his children’s athletic activities, camping, fishing, and being an active member in his church and the community.
Michael Delaney Chief of Police, Bowling Green Police Department
Chief Delaney began his career with the Bowling Green Police Department in 1998. His first promotion to Sergeant was in 2005, and his most recent promotion to Deputy Chief was in 2018. During his career he has supervised the patrol, CID, training and professional standards divisions. He has an Associate and Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Phoenix and several advanced leadership training certificates from the Department of Homeland Security, Southern Police Academy, Kentucky Department of Criminal Justice, Texas A&M, New Mexico Tech and National Tactical Officers Association.
During his career with the BGPD Chief Delaney has received a Life Saving Medal, two Meritorious Medals and a Distinguished Medal of Service. In 2014 he received the BGPD Character Counts Award and was the BGPD Officer of the Year in 2003. Outside of the Police Department, Delaney received the Martin Luther King Jr. Black Achievers Award in 2020, was invited into the Hall of Distinguished Alumni for Warren County Public Schools in 2016, and received the Martin Luther King Jr. Humanitarian Award, Bowling Green/Warren County Trail Blazer Award and WKU President’s Award for Diversity. He sits on the boards for the Kentucky Association of Chiefs of Police Foundation, Bowling Green/Warren County Welfare and Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA). He is on the Martin Luther King Jr. Planning Committee and the Bowling Green Independent Schools Advisory Board.
Chief Delaney is highly respected within the Police Department and the City of Bowling Green as a servant leader. As Chief he will be dedicated to enhancing the Department’s commitment to community oriented policing, intends to increase transparency and communication with the public, and will focus attention and resources on the physical and mental well-being of the Department’s police officers.
Gene Harmon City Attorney & Director, Department of Law
Gene Harmon is the Director of the Department of Law for the City while also serving as the City Attorney. Prior to coming to work for the City of Bowling Green, Gene was in private law practice where he represented the City of Bowling Green and other towns in the immediate area. He is the past president and current treasurer of the Kentucky Municipal Attorneys Association, a member of the International Municipal Lawyers Association, a member of the board of directors and treasurer of the Kentucky Association of Telecommunications Officers and Advisors and the past chairperson of the Local Government Section of the Kentucky Bar Association.
He received his B.S. Degree, Magna Cum Laude, from Western Kentucky University. He also received an M.P.S. in Public Administration from Western and his J.D. Degree, Cum Laude, from the University of Louisville Louis D. Brandeis School of Law where he was a member of the Brandeis Honor Society and Manuscript Editor of the Journal of Family Law. He is also an adjunct professor for Western Kentucky University’s paralegal program where he has taught classes in business organizations, contracts and debtor / creditor relations. He and his wife, Susan, have two daughters, Christina and Mikaela, and two granddaughters, Emma and Lucy.
Lynn Hartley Director, Information Technology
Lynn Hartley has a BS degree in Business CIS and a CGCIO (Certified Government Chief Information Officer) certificate. He is a Leadership Bowling Green (LBG) graduate and is originally from Montgomery, Alabama.
Lynn is married with two children and 2 grandchildren. He worked for the State of Alabama, a software/hardware vendor, and various manufacturing firms before joining the City of Bowling Green in January 2007.
Lynn’s career has been in IT including applications programming, systems programming/support, systems analyst, and several supervisory roles. He enjoys camping, running/hiking, sports, and is involved with a local church.
Hillary Hightower City Attorney & Director, Department of Law
Hillary Hightower is the Director of the Law Department for the City, while also serving as the City Attorney. Hillary started her law career in 1995 at Satterfield and Harmon, where she represented the City of Bowling Green on a contractual basis. Prior to coming to work for the City of Bowling Green full-time, Hillary was an Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney for 16 1/2 years.
Hillary was born and raised in Bowling Green, graduating from Bowling Green High School in 1988. She graduated from the University of Kentucky, with distinction. She received her Juris Doctor Degree, Cum Laude, from the University of Louisville Louis D. Brandeis School of Law, where she was a member of the Brandeis Honor Society. She and her husband, Trey, have three children, Nash, Patrick, and Graham.
Erin Hulsey Director, Human Resources & Risk Management
Erin Hulsey joined the City of Bowling Green as the Director of Human Resources and Risk Management in 2018. The Human Resources Department is responsible for overseeing the employment lifecycle of all City employees which includes recruitment, training and development, benefits administration, safety, and risk management.
Erin was raised in the Chicago metro area. Her Bachelor of Arts Degree is from the University of Illinois. She completed her Master of Professional Studies degree from Penn State University in Human Resources and Employment Relations in 2016. She is an active member of the Society for Human Resources Management, the International Public Management Association for Human Resources and the Kentucky Public Human Resources Association. Prior to joining the City she worked in various Human Resources roles in the private sector including hospitality, automotive, and financial investing.
The Hulsey family moved from Indianapolis to Bowling Green in 2018. Erin is married to her husband, David, and they have three sons, Ethan, Deacon and Calvin. As a family they love being outdoors and enjoy traveling to visit family all over the United States.
Deborah Jenkins Internal Auditor
Deborah Jenkins was appointed as the City's first Internal Auditor in June 2006 to provide independent and objective review of the City's risk management, internal control and governance processes to improve efficiency of procedures, effectiveness of operations and aid in preventing fraud, waste, or abuse. Mrs. Jenkins also administers and conducts investigations reported to the City's Employee Ethics Hotline. Mrs. Jenkins is a graduate of Bowling Green High School and Western Kentucky University earning a Bachelor of Science in Accounting. She is a Certified Fraud Examiner, Certified Government Audit Professional and a Certified Internal Controls Auditor. Prior to working for the City, she worked as a Legislative Auditor for the State of Tennessee's Office of the Comptroller as well as accounting positions at locally owned businesses within Bowling Green. Mrs. Jenkins is active with the Association of Local Government Auditors and currently serves on the Education Committee and as the Chair of the Regional Training Sub-Committee.
She is married to Craig Jenkins and has three children: Taylor, a recent graduate of Murray State University, Madison, who attends Union College and Anthony, who attends South Warren High School. She enjoys camping and traveling in their RV as well as attending sporting events as much as possible. Her favorite sports are football, volleyball and basketball.
Kim Lancaster Public Information Officer
Kim Lancaster is the Executive Assistant/Public Information Officer for the City of Bowling Green. She has worked for the City in various roles for 17 years. Currently Kim oversees public relations/social media for the City and works as the direct assistant for the City Manager and Board of Commissioners. She is a graduate of Greenwood High School and Western Kentucky University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Public Relations.
Kim is a member of 3CMA and NIOA and is a Leadership Bowling Green Graduate. She has served on various boards and committees throughout the community such as the Professional Marketing Association.
Kim and her husband are the proud parents of two children, Sam and Mia. In her spare time Kim enjoys running and competing in races in the South Central Kentucky Area.
Jeff Meisel City Manager
Jeff Meisel started with the City in January 2002 as the City Treasurer and was promoted to Chief Financial Officer in February 2006, overseeing the City’s Finance Department. Jeff was born and raised in Bowling Green, graduating from Bowling Green High School, Class of 1989.
He received a Bachelor’s degree in Accounting and a Master’s of Professional Accountancy degree from Western Kentucky University. Jeff has been a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) since 1998 and still maintains that certification through continuing education hours in Governmental Accounting and Finance each year. Before coming to the City, he worked in public accounting at a local CPA firm, as well as two local corporate headquarters’ offices in the accounting departments. Jeff has served on various boards and committees including the Bowling Green Economic Development Authority board, the Warren County Downtown Economic Development Authority board, the Bowling Green Police and Firefighters Pension board, the ITA Board and Finance committee, and the BG/WC Depot committee. In his free time, Jeff enjoys spending time with his wife, Lou Ann, and twins Landon & Macy.
Greg Meredith Director, Public Works
Greg is the Public Works Director for the City of Bowling Green. He began his career in Civil Engineering in 1989 with the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet. His last position with the Cabinet was serving as Chief Highway District Engineer from 2001 through 2016. Greg received his Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineer from the University of Kentucky and is a licensed engineer in the state. In 2016, Greg began his service with the City. He is a member of the American Public Works Association and the Kentucky Society of Professional Engineers.
Under Greg’s leadership, the Public Works Department has five divisions: Operations, Facilities Management, Fleet Management, Planning and Design, and Environmental Compliance.
Greg served four years in the United States Marine Corps as a scout/sniper and ten years in the local 2123rd Transportation Company of the Kentucky Army National Guard.
He lives in Bowling Green and is married with three children, Laura, Seth and Austin and one grandchild, Mattie. They enjoy traveling and are active in their local church.
Katie Schaller-Ward Assistant City Manager/Chief Financial Officer
Katie E. Schaller-Ward is the Assistant City Manager/Chief Financial Officer for the City of Bowling Green. She has been with the City of Bowling Green since 1996 and previously held the positions of Assistant City Manager/City Clerk, City Clerk and Assistant City Clerk. She also served as the Interim City Manager from March 2018 to May 2018 and Interim Public Works Director from May 2010 through January 2011. Ms. Schaller-Ward is the Director of the Finance Department, and is responsible for the general supervision of all financial affairs of the City, including the development and implementation of the City’s annual operating budget.
Ms. Schaller-Ward is a graduate of Western Kentucky University receiving a Bachelor’s of Science Degree in Finance, emphasis in Financial Planning, and completed postgraduate courses in the Master of Public Administration Program at WKU. Additionally, Ms. Schaller-Ward graduated from the City of Bowling Green’s two leadership development courses (TEAM BG and TEAM BG II), the Bowling Green Area Chamber of Commerce’s leadership development course (Leadership BG), and the University of Virginia’s Cooper Center for Public Service course on high performance organizations (LEAD). Ms. Schaller-Ward was also awarded the Bronze, Silver and Gold Certificates from the Kentucky League of Cities’ (KLC) Public Officials Essential Skills Institute (POESI), and attained Level I – Achievement in Local Government, Level II – Excellence in City Governance and Level III – Master of City Governance through the KLC City Officials Training Center.
Ms. Schaller-Ward is a member of the Kentucky City/County Management Association (KCCMA), the International City/County Management Association (ICMA) and Government Finance Officers Association (GFOA).
In addition, Ms. Schaller-Ward conducts workshops for City employee development programs and for members, staff and attorneys of local boards, commissions and agencies. The workshop topics include the Kentucky open meetings and open records laws, ethics in the workforce, importance of communication, records retention and archiving, effective meeting procedures, and responsibilities of board members and CEOs. She has also conducted sessions about city government, budgeting and local governance.
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