Sandra Wilson was elected as City Commissioner in November 2012. She currently is serving her third term as Commissioner. At the January 3, 2017 meeting of the Paducah Board of Commissioners, she was elected to serve as Mayor Pro Tem. An active community volunteer, she most recently served as chairman of Paducah Economic Development and continues to serve on the Executive Committee. Commissioner Wilson is a former Chairman of the Paducah Area Chamber of Commerce and the Paducah-McCracken County Industrial Development Authority. She has served on the board of the Carson Center since before it was built and currently serves as Secretary of the Board. Commissioner Wilson also serves on the Market House Theatre Board of Directors. She is a member of Rotary where she received the Paul Harris Award. On a statewide level, she served as Chairman of the Kentucky Manufacturers Association and on the boards of the Kentucky Chamber of Commerce and Leadership Kentucky. Commissioner Wilson is a graduate of Leadership Kentucky and Leadership Paducah.
Commissioner Wilson chaired the Paducah Chamber of Commerce’s annual community issues trip to Washington, DC for several years and was honored by the Chamber as Volunteer of the Year for this service.
A Calloway County native and graduate of Murray State University, she began her career in Nashville before relocating to the Paducah area a year later. She worked at Kentucky Oaks Mall for three years in sales and as the Mall’s Marketing Director. She worked for a year at West Kentucky Community and Technical College (then Paducah Community College) as Public Relations Director before joining Westvaco, now NewPage. She worked at the paper mill in Wickliffe for 26 years and as the Public Affairs Manager for 22 years. In June 2013, Commissioner Wilson began a new career as the President of the Paducah Area Chamber of Commerce.
Commissioner Wilson is married to Ed Wilson, who currently serves as the Chairman of the Easter Seal Center Board of Directors and as a member of the Barkley Regional Airport Board. She has a daughter, Whitney Jones, a law student at the University of Kentucky College of Law; a step-daughter, Wendy Watts, who is a high school guidance counselor and a step-son, Rich Wilson, who is employed by Electric Energy. She has three grandchildren, Bailey and Wilson Watts and Brock Wilson.
In serving as City Commissioner, she serves on the Paducah Riverfront Development Advisory Board.
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