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Bastin named public safety commissioner

Mayor appoints police chief search committee

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Dec. 3, 2014) — Mayor Jim Gray has promoted Police Chief Ronnie Bastin to public safety commissioner and announced a search process for a new chief.

ShowImage.aspx“Ronnie Bastin knows Lexington; he knows public safety; and he knows how to be an excellent administrator and leader,” Gray said.

Bastin was named chief on Jan. 7, 2008, by then Mayor Jim Newberry. He joined the force in 1985, and worked his way up through the ranks.

“As police chief, it has been my pleasure to partner with community members to improve the quality of life in Lexington and make significant improvements at the division of police,” Bastin said. “I am looking forward to using my experience, partnerships and energy to work to ensure our public safety team continues to provide the service our community deserves.”

Bastin holds a bachelor’s degree from the University Kentucky, and a master’s degree in criminal justice from Eastern Kentucky University.  He also completed the administrative officers course at the Southern Police Institute at the University of Louisville and the FBI Law Enforcement Executive Development Seminar.

Bastin’s promotion will create a vacancy in the role of chief of police. The mayor, who has the authority to appoint the new chief, has formed a search committee tasked with making recommendations. The committee members include:

• Glenn Brown, the city’s deputy chief administrative officer, committee chair

• Peggy Henson, council member

• Dr. Victor Kappeler, foundation professor and associate dean of the School of Justice Studies at Eastern Kentucky University

• Ray Larson, commonwealth’s attorney

• Debbie Long, owner Dudley’s restaurant

• Dr. Derek Paulsen, commissioner of planning, preservation and development

• Rev. Willis Polk, Imani Missionary Baptist Church

• Jason Rothermund, president, Fraternal Order of Police

• Dianet Valencia, outreach program coordinator for the state labor cabinet, and community advocate

Bastin will replace Clay Mason, who is pursuing business opportunities through a private consulting company. “Clay helped lead our public safety units through challenges, as well as difficult financial times,” Gray said. “He is a true professional and we wish him the best in his next endeavor.”

Bastin’s appointment is subject to Council approval. Council members have scheduled a confirmation hearing for 5:15 p.m., Thursday, Dec. 4.

Those interested in applying for the Chief’s position should send a resume by close of business on Wednesday, Dec. 10, to: Glenn Brown, Deputy Chief Administrative Officer; Government Center; 200 E. Main St.; Lexington, KY 40507

The search committee is reviewing applications from all interested candidates. However, outreach will be focused on internal and local/regional candidates. Most Lexington police chiefs have risen through the division ranks to become chief.