- Associated Press - Wednesday, December 24, 2014

LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) - Lexington Mayor Jim Gray has announced that veteran officer Mark Barnard will become the city’s new police chief.

The Lexington Herald Leader (https://bit.ly/1vbrQp7) reports the announcement on Tuesday came after Gray appointed a committee to help find the best person for the position after current chief Ronnie Bastin was promoted on Dec 2 to public safety commissioner.

Barnard has served on the Lexington police force for 28 years, starting as a patrolman and working his way up to an assistant chief over the Bureau of Investigation.

He says his willingness to serve feeds his passion for policing.

He will take over the department, which has more than 700 employees, on Jan. 12.


Information from: Lexington Herald-Leader, https://www.kentucky.com

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