Lexington's Fraternal Order of Police is endorsing former police chief Anthany Beatty for mayor. FOP President Jason Rothermund made the formal announcement Friday. Rothermund says the decision is based on more than Beatty's public safety career. He says Beatty's leadership style and integrity are strong attributes. "I don't expect any favors. I don't think the Division of Police personnel expect any favors if Anthany Beatty were to be mayor. The thing that I can say about him is he's fair," said Rothermund.
Incumbent Lexington Mayor Jim Gray says the FOP's endorsement of Beatty, given his police experience, is not surprising. Still, Gray says he worked well with police representatives on a key financial matter. "They worked together with us on pension reform. We were able to come together and create really what became a national model for pension reform," said Gray.
Gray says the division of police is at authorized strength. Beatty, meanwhile, believes police staffing is about 60 officers shy of where it should be.