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Mark Barnard named Lexington police chief

Has been serving as assistant police chief

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Dec. 22, 2014) — Lexington Mayor Jim Gray announced today that Mark Barnard has been named the city’s next police chief. Barnard, who is currently the assistant chief, is a 28-year veteran of the force. Barnard will officially take over the position on Jan. 12, 2015.

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“This is an important day for our city,” Gray said. “Public safety is a top priority for our citizens and for me. Mark Barnard is a determined problem solver who has a strong background in community-oriented policing. His prime focus will be making Lexington safer for all citizens by addressing problems before they become problems.”

Barnard was the unanimous choice of the search committee

“I am humbled and honored to be selected to lead this outstanding agency. Lexington is a world-class city with a highly professional and dedicated police department,” Barnard said. “It is an agency made up of well-educated and highly trained officers that are committed to serving our community. I will work tirelessly with them to make Lexington safe for all it citizens.”

Former police chief Ronnie Bastin is now Gray’s Public Safety Commissioner.