Robert Buz Smith was born and raised in Paducah – proudly the sixth generation of Paducah City residents. Smith has lived in the city his entire life by choice enjoying the wonderful neighborhoods, quaintness of downtown, and most importantly the people. “Paducah is a great place to live. My wife, Janie, and I raised our children here– parks are within walking distance, outstanding school systems, convenient shopping, and a great sense of community,” stated Smith.
Smith attended the St. Mary School system, Paducah Community College, and Western Kentucky University with studies concentrated in business. After attending WKU, Smith returned home and worked for twenty-three years at US Foodservice and its predecessor companies on North 10th Street. There he served as the sales manager running the business segment for chain restaurants, hospitals, and healthcare - managing a sales budget much greater than the city of Paducah’s annual revenues.
For the last fourteen years Smith has worked for the Department of Energy at the gaseous diffusion plant as a strategic planner and program analyst.
Before his current term as City Commissioner which commenced January 2023, Smith previously served on the Paducah City Commission for six terms. Two of those terms he had the privilege to serve as Mayor Pro-tem.
“I absolutely enjoy every minute of the challenges of serving as well as the sense of accomplishment from the successes, such as the Lowertown and Fountain Avenue projects, the Carson center, rebirth of downtown, and many others,” said Smith. “I am happy to be serving the residents of the City of Paducah again.”
In serving as City Commissioner, he serves on the Paducah Water Board (also known as the Commissioners of Water Works) and the Brooks Stadium Commission.
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