Lexington Swears In New Police Chief

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.

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  • by Steve Location: Lexington on Jan 7, 2008 at 03:10 PM
    Good luck to the new police chief on getting some public perceptions changed regarding Lex PD. Every time I see a story on this website, people immediately start bashing Metro even when they are in the right...so apparently quite a few people have had some bad dealings with law enforcement in Fayette County.
  • by Zatoichi Location: Richmond on Jan 7, 2008 at 08:12 AM
    Will the new chief enforce federal immigrations laws? No, the mayor has already said the police would not. Kentucky Motto: Unenforced Spirit


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