George Parker Bray was elected Paducah’s 40th Mayor in November 2020 and took office on January 1, 2021. Mayor Bray has committed himself to economic development and job growth for Paducah and McCracken County. He believes that growth will be enhanced greatly through collaboration with the surrounding counties that make up our region. He is dedicated to help lead the vigorous recruitment of new businesses and support small business growth and the enablement of entrepreneurs. In addition, he has pledged to drive transparency in the workings of city government while utilizing city financial resources both wisely and diligently. He is committed to the redevelopment of Paducah neighborhoods.
Mayor Bray is an experienced businessman with undergraduate and graduate degrees in business and has 40+ years’ experience leading and working with people of all walks of life. He is past Chairman of the Board of Directors of Barkley Regional Airport Authority, Chairman of the Barkley Regional Airport Terminal Planning Committee, serves on the Paducah Area Community Reuse Organization (PACRO) board, and served the Oscar Cross Boys and Girls Club in a variety of leadership roles for 20+ years. In his role as Chairman of Barkley Regional Airport and the Terminal Planning Committee, he has been instrumental in the planning and fundraising to build a new airport terminal, the first for Paducah in 67 years.
Mayor Bray grew up in Paducah and is the oldest of nine children. After graduating from St. Mary High School, he earned a degree in Marketing and Business Management from the Indiana University Kelly School of Business. He went on to a career in pharmaceutical distribution where he spent 42 years with the same company, Amerisource Bergen. Since 2016, he has served as Vice President of the International Federation of Pharmaceutical Wholesalers (IFPW) and has spent considerable time traveling the globe representing the industry internationally, both within the global health arena and in the engagement with IFPW member companies all over the world.
Mayor Bray’s career path took him from Paducah to Birmingham, AL, Philadelphia, PA, Columbus, OH and finally back to Paducah. He has had responsibility for managing large groups of people in logistics, distribution, and sales. He is a certified executive coach (CEC) and has assisted others in managing their personal growth, development, and careers. In 2009, seeking advanced education and more experience in international business, Mayor Bray earned a master’s degree in Business Administration from Ohio State University. George entered the Global Health arena through his facilitation of leadership courses and professional mentoring in Sub Saharan Africa. He has guest lectured at major universities in both Rwanda and Uganda and facilitated leadership training in Nigeria and Kenya.
Mayor Bray is married to Angela West Bray and has three daughters, three stepsons, two stepdaughters, and two grandchildren. He is an active outdoorsman with a strong interest in mountain climbing, camping, downhill skiing, backpacking, running, and cycling.
In serving as Mayor, he serves on the Paducah Monument Committee.
Read Mayor Bray's Message about his first 100 days in office (posted April 12, 2021).
Email Mayor George P. Bray
Mayor's Office: 270-444-8504
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The official inauguration ceremony for the Paducah Board of Commissioners was held December 28, 2020, at City Hall. Attorney Mark Bryant officiated Mayor Bray's oath of office.