On April 6, 2015, James Brown was appointed by former Mayor Jim Gray to fill the unexpired term of Chris Ford, who resigned to serve as the city’s Commissioner of Social Services. During a special election in November 2015, James was officially elected as the 1st District Councilmember.
A native of Lexington, Ky., James is a graduate of Paul Laurence Dunbar High School. James’ previous employment includes stints at Lexmark and GTE, before beginning a career in the automotive industry, working for 13 years at the Toyota Motor Manufacturing plant in Georgetown, Ky. After that, James made a career change becoming a full-time real estate professional.
James is extremely passionate about service to neighborhoods and the local school system. He has served as the President of the Radcliffe–Marlboro Neighborhood Association and helped initiate several neighborhood programs. He served as President of the 16th District PTA and participated in the Fayette County Public Schools superintendent search process and the 2015 Rezoning Committee.
In the business community, James has participated in multiple community leadership programs, such as Commerce Lexington’s Leadership Central Kentucky (2011), BCTC’s Citizens’ Leadership Academy (2012) and is a Certified Tourism Ambassador through the Lexington Visitor & Tourism Bureau.
James and his wife, Charmayne, have three children.