As mayor, I have the privilege of being involved in community developments from the time they are just a seed of an idea all the way to the finish line.
This has been such an exciting and positive year that it is hard to capture it in words.
Our downtown is really starting to bustle again. New businesses have opened on Main Street and existing ones are seeing increased activity. Events such as the upcoming St. Nich Christmas Fest on Saturday, Dec. 12, and art walks are drawing large crowds. It is a result of a better streetscape, creative thinking and a strong entrepreneurial spirit.
I'm really excited about the approved use of state funding to create a performance park. Thanks to a generous donation of the property, we can turn a gaping hole in our Main Street storefront into an inviting place for the public to gather and enjoy music, shows, art exhibits and more.
And, I can't say enough about the hard work and dedication by our city employees. They go the extra mile, not just to meet basic standards, but also to exceed them year after year. The significant awards earned by our water and sewer departments show the kind of excellence they are achieving.
If you want to feel good about your city and help it continue to prosper, please follow us on Facebook, visit our website, and volunteer to serve with local civic organizations. We're here to serve you and the more you are involved, the better it is for all of us.
A lifelong resident of Nicholasville, Mayor Pete Sutherland has more than 30 years of business experience. He was the owner-operator
of Sutherland Chevrolet until selling the dealership in 2009. He then joined Jonah Mitchell Real Estate as a Realtor. He now serves as
business manager for Holy Spirit Parish/Newman Center at the University of Kentucky
As a Nicholasville city commissioner and mayor pro-tem, Mayor Sutherland has worked with the Electric and Meter Departments to better serve the utility needs of residents.
He is a graduate of the University of Kentucky, earned an associate degree from Marion Military Institute in Alabama and studied at Vanderbilt University as well as the General Motors School of Marketing and Management. He earned Realtor and Kentucky life insurance licenses in 2009 and 2010 respectively.
Mayor Sutherland's leadership and volunteer activities have included Jessamine County Chamber of Commerce, Brookside Elementary PTO, Jessamine County's select soccer program, Nicholasville Rotary Club, Nicholasville Police Department outreach programs, the Bluegrass Sportsmen's League and Right to Life of Central Kentucky. He is active in St. Luke Catholic Church, along with his wife Sylvia, and is the father of five and a grandfather of eight children.