Fred V. Brown is currently in his fifth term as 8th District Councilmember. He before represented the district from 1994 – 2004.
During his previous tenure, Fred worked to make the district safer by initiating the process to have the East Sector Police Roll Call Center in the Gainesway Shopping Center. Now his focus is on the "3Ps" that makes Lexington one of the best cities to live: Public Safety, Parks, and Paving Infrastructure.
An avid supporter of Public Safety, Fred championed a salary increase for police in the FY23 budget to retain and hire officers, and increase safety efforts in the city.
The 8th Council District is home to five public parks: Gainesway, River Hill, Hartland, Tates Creek Golf Course and Aquatic Center, and Berry Hill Skate Park. Since Fred took office in 2015, the following upgrades and plans have been made for the neighborhood park system: new tennis courts at Gainesway and plans for a new playground, new basketball court at Berry Hill Skate Park, and plans for new pickle ball courts at River Hill. The former Gainesway Community Center, which anchors Gainesway Park, is now known as the Tates Creek Community Center and newly managed by Lexington Parks & Recreation.
Fred chaired Lexington’s first Pavement Management Subcommittee, which was charged with creating a strategic approach to paving roads of all classifications within the city. First approved by the Urban County Council in 2016, the pavement plan has been effective in maintaining and repairing roads across all council districts.
A University of Kentucky alumnus and retired certified public accountant, Fred and his wife, Judy, have three adult daughters and seven grandchildren.
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About district 8
The eighth council district is comprised of several neighborhoods, each with a distinct character. Public spaces within the area include: Gainesway Park, River Hill Park, Hartland Park and Berry Hill Skate Park; as well as the Tates Creek Community Center and the Tates Creek Golf Course & Aquatic Center.
Unique to the eighth council district is the Tates Creek School campus, which has elementary, middle and high schools within walking distance from each other. The Academy for Leadership at Millcreek Elementary, Squires Elementary and Seton Catholic Elementary are also within the district.
Created in the late 1950s through the late 1970s, the eighth council district has a strong sense of community and tradition.