Lexington Police Chief Promoted To Public Safety Commissioner

The Lexington police chief will become the next public safety commissioner.

Mayor Jim Gray announced Tuesday he had promoted Ronnie Bastin to the position.

Current public safety commissioner Clay Mason was resigning to work with a private consulting company, according to the city.

Officials said Gray had formed a search committee to make recommendations on Bastin’s replacement.

Bastin became police chief in January 2008.

Looking ahead to his new position he said, “I am looking forward to using my experience, partnerships and energy to work to ensure our public safety team continues to provide the service our community deserves.”

The Urban County Council needed to approve the Bastin appointment.

A hearing was set for Thursday.

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