It's the start of a new era in Lexington. Mayor Jim Newberry swore in Ronnie Bastin on Monday morning as the new police chief.
Bastin takes over for retiring Police Chief Anthany Beatty, who's taking a job at the University of Kentucky.
Bastin has worked as an officer in Lexington for 23 years. He also spent several years as Lexington's assistant police chief.
"I am very proud to officially name Ronnie Bastin as our new Chief of Police," Mayor Newberry said. "I have every confidence that he will both maintain and enhance the fine traditions that have established this police division as one of the best in the country."
Bastin went to school at UK and has a master's degree in criminal justice from EKU. He's won several distinguished service awards from the Division of Police and his file includes 44 letters of commendation.