The Northern Kentucky Chamber of Commerce honored outgoing Florence Mayor Diane Whalen with the NKY Community Award.
The award is given out to individuals, businesses or organizations throughout the Northern Kentucky Metro who have made a positive impact in the community.
Whalen is serving her sixth term as mayor with plans to retire at the end of this year. She was first elected to city council in 1997, serving two years as vice mayor before being elected to the position of mayor in 1999. She follows in the footsteps of her father, C. M. “Hop” Ewing, who served as Florence mayor from 1960 to 1981.
“You’d be hard pressed to name any mayor in Kentucky’s history that could match Mayor Whalen’s accomplishments. We are grateful for her dedication and service to Florence, the NKY Metro region and our Commonwealth over the past 26 years,” said Chamber President and CEO Brent Cooper.
Whalen has been involved with many civic groups, serving on the Governor’s Blue Ribbon Task Force on Transforming Education in Kentucky and the Kentucky Workforce Investment Board. She has served on the Executive Committee for the Kentucky League of Cities, the Northern Kentucky Area Development District, the Municipal Government League of Northern Kentucky and the OKI Board of Directors. She also served on the Presidential Search and Screening Committee for Northern Kentucky University.
She was named Outstanding Local Elected Official of Northern Kentucky in 2012 and is one of the NKY Chamber’s Outstanding Women of Northern Kentucky.
She has also led efforts to anticipate and plan for growth, focusing on the key areas of transportation, infrastructure and community safety.
She and her husband, Wallace, have been married for 46 years and have two grown children, four grandchildren and a rescue dog named Ziva.
Whalen received her NKY Community Award at the NKY Chamber’s Eggs ‘N Issues event on Sept. 20.
Individuals interested in learning more about the NKY Chamber Community Award, sponsored by First National Bank of Kentucky, or in submitting a nomination, should contact Lynn Abeln at [email protected].