A year-and-a-half ago, when a good, some would say great, city manager was forced to resign by a mayor and two councilmen intent on their own personal agendas, I wrote my first letter to the editor since becoming a citizen of Danville. The letter, about the short-sighted triumvirate, drew such response from the community that the Danville-Boyle Citizens for Good Government group was formed from people who called or wrote with their support.
During the past 18 months, our organization has lodged two separate Ethics Commission complaints, both of which resulted in Ethics Commission reprimands, one for Commissioner Ryan Owens and another for the Mayor. But the heavy lifting remains to be done.
Our city has gone from being one of the "Nicest little towns" in the words of Nancy Caudill, to being a sinkhole of corruption mired in a miasma of mismanagement. Mayor John Bowling is at the heart of it but his control is only guaranteed by the votes of the unfortunate commissioners in his pocket: Chester Kavanaugh and Ryan Owens. Kentucky does not allow voters to recall their political leaders unless they are convicted of a felony offense, yet we have the opportunity to effectively recall John Bowling by voting his two co-conspirators out of office. Without cronies to support his vendettas John will return to being the cutter-of-ribbons and the master-of-ceremonies that the job was intended to be in a City Manager form of government.