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Mayor Gray

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Lexington, KY 40507

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April 21, 2016 - City unveils official portrait of Mayor Baesler
Mayor Scotty Baesler’s official portrait was unveiled today during a ceremony at the Government Center.

Baesler was Lexington mayor from 1982-1993, the longest-serving mayor since the merger of the city and county governments in 1974. He also represented the 6th Congressional District, which includes Lexington, in the U.S. House of Representatives (1993-1999). And before his election to Mayor, he was vice mayor of the Urban County Council from 1974-77[read more]

April 19, 2016 -  Bridge lighting ceremony set for sculptures on Oliver Lewis Way
The Horse Capital of the World will celebrate the spring racing season on Friday, April 29, by lighting up the new sculptures on the Oliver Lewis Bridge, named for the jockey who won the first Kentucky Derby, then lighting up the sky over the bridge with fireworks. [read more]

March 24, 2016 - Mayor names Kristin Chilton new fire chief
Mayor Jim Gray announced today Kristin Chilton will be Lexington’s next fire chief.

Chilton, now Assistant Chief, is a 23-year veteran of the force who has worked her way up in the Division through numerous assignments, giving her a broad range of experience. [read more]

March 16, 2016 - Lexington breaks ground on new fire station
Mayor Jim Gray, fire officials and several councilmembers today broke ground on a new fire station to replace the aging Station 2, one of the busiest stations in the city. [read more]

February 26, 2016 - Blue Grass Stockyards plans to rebuild in Fayette
Blue Grass Stockyards, which lost its Lexington facility to a three-alarm fire Jan. 30, will rebuild on Ironworks Pike, Mayor Jim Gray announced today.

“Lexington has been our home for 70 years,” said Jim Akers, Chief Operating Officer. “It’s part of our culture; our roots are here. And its central location, near the interstates, is convenient for our farmers.”  [read more]

February 3, 2016 - Wear Red for Firefighter Appreciation Day Friday
Mayor Jim Gray, joined by Councilmember Jennifer Mossotti, today urged Lexington residents to wear red on Friday, Feb. 5, to show their appreciate for our fire fighters.[read more]

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About Mayor Gray

Jim Gray is getting things done as mayor of Lexington, a vibrant university city of 300,000 surrounded by the most beautiful horse farms in the world.

In his first term, Mayor Gray drew upon his experience as the CEO of Gray Construction, the international design-build firm, to bring an executive’s approach to government. Facing deficits on day one of his administration, Gray righted Lexington’s financial ship through a series of major reforms. Gray cut in half the city’s annual health insurance costs while improving employee satisfaction through an on-site medical clinic and pharmacy. His reform of the police and fire pension system preserved the retirements of more than 1,000 retirees while saving the city $45 million in just three years. A national actuarial firm labeled it the “most effective pension reform in the country.”

Those savings allowed the Mayor to invest in public safety, including hiring more police officers and replacing outdated equipment. Today Lexington is the safest city of its size anywhere in the country.

Now entering his second term, Mayor Gray continues to focus on his three core themes: creating jobs, running government efficiently and building a great American City.

At the start of his career, Jim Gray received a B.A. from Vanderbilt University and then came home to help grow his family’s construction firm, accepting a Loeb Fellow appointment at Harvard along the way. Today Gray Construction is the country’s largest builder of major manufacturing facilities with revenues approaching $1 billion and projects completed for companies like BMW, Toyota, Hitachi and Siemens.


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