The City That Moves Mountains

Interim City Manager


Philip R.  Elswick, P.E.


Philip Elswick is currently the Interim City Manager for Pikeville. He oversees the City of Pikeville’s operations and projects. Mr. Elswick is very involved in the city’s economic development efforts, which includes the city’s Fiber to the Premise project and the development of the Kentucky Enterprise Industrial Park. 

Prior to this position, Mr. Elswick was the President & CEO of a regional engineering consulting firm based in Pikeville, which provided civil, environmental, and mining engineering services as well as land surveying and architectural services. He is also a  licensed professional engineer in several states.  

There comes a great deal of pride in being a leader in the City of Pikeville. Pikeville is where US460, Route 23, 119 and 80 all meet, creating an opportunity for an open market. Our plan is to look beyond today, into tomorrow, and create industries that will help the economy long term. This area is rich in resources with our people and infrastructure, which will assist in fueling future growth. Some look at Pikeville and see only a small city. We look at the true picture of what the area really has to offer.

The City is home to about 6,500 residents and is the county seat for Pike County, the largest county in the state of Kentucky, with a population of approximately 70,000. We are home to the 3rd largest banking community in the State. Located in the city is Pikeville Medical Center, the area’s state of the art regional hospital. The Medical Center offers services such as a cancer center, heart treatment center, rehabilitation center and a drug treatment center, just to name a few. Our education system consists of some of the state’s top ranking schools, In addition to our elementary and high schools, Pikeville is home to several higher learning institutions.

The University of Pikeville is a four-year college offering one of the state’s only medical programs. Osteopathic medicine is producing doctors for both the area and the state. The college also offers a full range of sports programs.

Also, we are home to the new Big Sandy Community & Technical College. To complement the schools the city maintains a state of the art sports complex along with two other parks.

The East Kentucky Exposition Center’s 7,000 seat Civic Center, located across from The City of Pikeville Park, conveniently located next to the City of Pikeville’s 700 car parking garage is available for concerts, sporting events and other venues.

Currently in our retail area, there are new developments going on to support the area’s continuing growth. They have created new jobs and new shopping opportunities with Hobby Lobby and Marshalls already opened for business this fall.  Looking forward, our goal is to focus on new industry, such as manufacturing.

The hope is to create new jobs, a stronger economy, and allow citizens to stay here and enjoy what the area has to offer.