Lexington Police Chief Mark Barnard is retiring in early 2018. The Lexington law enforcement veteran made his decision known in a letter to Mayor Jim Gray.
In his letter to the Mayor, Barnard thanked Gray and the council for their backing, which has allowed his officers to put in place, what he termed, “an innovative and strategic vision” that has brought about significant advancements in public safety.
Gray says he and the council have made public safety a top priority and that has helped to make Lexington one of the safest cities its size in the country. Barnard credited the more than 700 sworn officers and civilian staff of the Lexington police.
During his 31 year career in policing, Barnard has been regarded as a strong supporter of community policing. The police chief’s retirement is effective January seventh. Assistant Chief Ron Compton will serve as interim chief, pending an appointment by Gray.