Mayor Jim Gray names Lexington’s first female fire chief
LEXINGTON, Ky. (WTVQ) – On Thursday, Mayor Jim Gray announced Kristin Chilton as Lexington’s next fire chief.
Chilton, who had been Assistant Chief, is a 23-year veteran of the force and has held every rank in the department. Most recently, she was assistant chief of administration.
“This is an important day for our city,” says Gray. “Public safety is a top priority for our citizens, and for me. Kristin Chilton has the experience and the vision to lead our firefighters, continuing and building upon their tradition of excellence.”
Chilton thanked the department and the search committee for giving her this chance to serve. “It is an honor to have this opportunity. I look forward to working with the mayor, the men and women of our department, and the community to find new ways to improve our services,” says Chilton.
Chilton said she considered firefighting as a career after a trip to fire station one in 1990. That’s when she met Lisa Daley, Lexington’s first woman firefighter. Now Chilton says, she’s setting an example for her daughter. “When I was her age, there were no women who were career firefighter. Young girls can look at me today and know that’s an opportunity for them,” says Chilton.
Chilton will officially start work as Chief immediately, taking over from Interim Chief Harold Hoskins.
You could also say fighting fires is in Chilton’s DNA. Her grandfather, great grandfather, and great great grandfather were all volunteer firefighters. Her husband was with the department for 27 years.