700 Main Street
Hazard, KY 41701
P.O. Box 420
Hazard, KY 41702
Fax: (606) 436-3252
Mayor Nan Gorman pictured with Gov. Steven Beshear
After more than a quarter century the City of Hazard has a new mayor, following the death of Mayor Bill Gorman on October 9, 2010. Nan Hagan Gorman, Gorman's wife, was sworn in as Interim Mayor at that time. Later she became a write-in candidate and won the election with 3-to-1 margin, becoming the first woman mayor of the City of Hazard.
Nan is determined to address the future with progressive ideas and modern initiatives.
The Gorman Legacy
In 2010 at the time of his death, Mayor Bill Gorman was into his 7th term as Mayor of Hazard. Under his leadership, the City of Hazard grew and prospered with the addition and creation of new services, facilities, jobs, and opportunities for the citizens of Hazard and Perry County, Kentucky.
Raised in Hazard, Mayor Gorman was a graduate of Hazard High School and a former student of Bowling Green Business University (Western Kentucky University). He was married to Nan Hagan Gorman, and has two children and two step-children.
Mayor Gorman was a member of First Presbyterian Church of Hazard, where he served as a Deacon, Sunday School teacher and Superintendent. He had many positions and served on numerous Boards and Committees for organizations such as KRADD, LKLP, Hazard Lions Club, the East Kentucky Corperation and was president of the Kentucky League of Cities.
In his young years Bill Gorman was visionary and chairman of the building of Buckhorn and Car Creek dams. At that time he was very active in the Jaycees and eventually instrumental in the creation of the Appalachian Regional Commission. For many years, Bill was on the Kentucky Environmental Commission.
The President of Hazard TV Cable Company, Mayor Gorman built and operated the first commercial television broadcasting station in Eastern Kentucky, Channel 57, from 1968 until 1985. During this time, he helped raise millions of dollars for charities, including Hazard High School, Dilce Combs High School, MC Napier High School, and local chapters of the Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts. Mayor Gorman also aided in the fund drive leading to the formation of Hazard Community College. Mayor Gorman was also instrumental in the creation of the Hal Rogers Center, with an 810 seat auditorium.
Mayor Gorman first became Mayor in 1978, and held the office until October 9, 2010. He won his last election (2002) with over 83% of the popular vote.
Mayor Gorman has been the recipient of many awards, including Hazard and Perry County's Civic Night Young Man (1956) and Man (1971) of the Year. He received the Eastern Kentucky Leadership Award for Outstanding Public Service in 1997, and the "Big Hitter Award" for Outstanding Mayor of Kentucky from the Kentucky League of Cities in 1999. He was the director of the Kentucky First Federal Bancorp and director of First Federal Savings and Loan in Hazard.
Mayor Gorman invited President Bill Clinton to Hazard in 1999, and on July 5 of that year hosted President Clinton and civil rights activist Jesse Jackson during their tour and presentation to the community. Over 20,000 people gathered in Hazard to welcome the Commander-in-Chief to Eastern Kentucky.