Bowles named Woman of the Year during Women’s History Month

BOWLING GREEN, Ky.- Lt. Colonel Penny Bowles, deputy chief at the Bowling Green Police Department has been selected as Woman of the Year by the Bowling Green Human Rights Commission. 

The Commission’s award recognizes women of achievement in our community. There were 17 other women from the Bowling Green area along with Bowles nominated for the award. The awards were supposed to happen last year but were postponed due to COVID-19. 

March is Women’s History Month and Bowles says it’s a time to reflect on what women have done in our community, regardless of gender. She said it’s an honor to be recognized, especially as she is a woman in law enforcement, a male-dominated field. 

“I really can’t believe it because there are some absolutely talented and giving and caring women who have achieved in their own right and to actually be selected as the woman of the year, again I’m very appreciative and very humbled,” said Bowles.

A virtual ceremony to recognize her for the award will take place 6 p.m. Thursday.