Ronnie Bastin

Stu Johnson

With the May primary election less than a week away, Lexington voters are considering seven candidates to lead the Urban County Government.  In this first of two reports, we’ll hear from four contenders in the mayor’s race.

Lexington Mayor Jim Gray deciding to run for Congress opened the door wide for potential successors to his city hall post. 

In this report, we’ll explore two primary issues, the future home for Lexington government and how the urban county government could help young people succeed.

Police Body Cam Rollout Progressing in Lexington

Nov 21, 2016

Lexington’s Public Safety Commissioner says the rollout of police body cameras continues in the city.  Ronnie Bastin also says citizens should expect new initiatives to address concerns about youth violence.

The former police chief says close to half of officers in line to receive body cams, are now using them.  Bastin says Lexington reviewed the wearable technology thoroughly before making the purchase.

Mark Barnard Named New Lexington Police Chief

Dec 22, 2014
Stu Johnson / WEKU News

Lexington has a new police chief.  He's Mark Barnard, a 28 year veteran of the city's Division of Police.

Mayor Jim Gray made the official announcement Monday morning.


Effective early next year, Lexington police chief Ronnie Bastin will be the city's public safety commissioner.  The city council made the mayoral appointment official Thursday night.