LEXINGTON, Ky. (Aug. 10, 2007) – University of Kentucky President Lee T. Todd Jr. announced Friday that long-time Lexington Chief of Police Anthany Beatty will join the University of Kentucky in a senior-level position early next year.
Beatty, who has been chief of police in Lexington since 2001, will in January become assistant vice president for campus services at the University of Kentucky. The position will oversee the UK Police Department, Parking and Transportation, Environmental Health and Safety and Emergency Management. One of his first duties will be to lead the search for a new UK police chief.
"We are delighted that someone with the background, skills and leadership of Anthany Beatty is joining the University of Kentucky," Todd said. "He is a proven national leader in safety. And he is an unquestioned community leader who is well known for bringing people together toward a common good."
Lexington Mayor Jim Newberry said although the city is sorry to lose Chief Beatty, he is delighted that the chief is moving to UK. “Chief Beatty has been an excellent public servant and an exemplary police chief. Over the past three decades he has made Lexington a safer place to live, and that is a significant accomplishment,” Newberry said. “But today’s announcement is in many ways a win-win for UK and for Lexington. It will usher in a new level of cooperation and communication between UK and the city. It is vitally important that we have a close working relationship in many areas, including several Chief Beatty will now supervise.”
Since Beatty is not leaving until the end of the year, there will be ample time to carefully consider the process for selecting his successor, Newberry said.
Beatty replaces Ken Clevidence, who retired from UK in June after more than 30 years.
As Lexington chief of police, Beatty is responsible for a $54 million budget and about 800 employees. Previously, he served in several high-ranking positions within the Lexington Police Department over a more than 30-year law-enforcement career. He has been active in community leadership positions, including the Council on Aging, the United Way of the Bluegrass and the YMCA of Central Kentucky. A Lexington native and graduate of Henry Clay High School, he received his bachelor's degree from Eastern Kentucky University and a master's degree from Kentucky State University.