June 17, 2016 - Mayor nominates Steve Haney as jail director
Mayor Jim Gray today nominated Steve Haney, a Corrections profession with 26 years of experience, as Director of Community Corrections. [read more]
June 3, 2016 - Douglass to begin construction on a new playground
Douglass Park opened one of its birthday presents today … a design for a new playground.
The Park is 100 and a year-long celebration is underway, organized by a volunteer group, the Douglass Park Centennial Commission. [read more]
June 3, 2016 - Fireworks to light up the sky over Commonwealth
Lexington will light up the sky with fireworks as usual on the Fourth of July, but this year the celebration is moving to a new part of town … over Commonwealth Stadium. [read more]
May 2, 2016 - Homelessness declining in Lexington; local investments paying off
Homelessness has declined more than 26 percent in Lexington since 2014 and chronic homelessness has been cut in half according to data released today by the city’s Office of Homelessness Prevention & Intervention. [read more]
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]
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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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