Beatty to Take Leadership Position at UK

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.


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  • by Vanilla Ice Location: overhere on Aug 14, 2007 at 12:27 PM
    Spike.......you need to take a breath & calm down. lol He is never going to be Mayor.
  • by jlynn Location: Fleming Co on Aug 14, 2007 at 12:23 PM
    Is this yet another case of double dipping? After 30 years, I'm sure Mr. Beatty can draw retirement, which he will do, and also get a nice salary from his new job. . . why not just draw your retirement and let someone else get the salary for this job?
  • by Chris Location: Downtown on Aug 14, 2007 at 11:33 AM
    Looks like the same old double dipping thing again. Retire from one political job and you get another one to milk for a while. Ahhhhh.....anything to further diversity here at UK. As for the Mayor comment.......puhleaaaaase! lol
  • by mel Location: lex on Aug 14, 2007 at 11:31 AM
    Chief...congratulations and best wishes. You've been a respected and trusted public servant and will be greatly missed by the troops.
  • by Heather Location: somewhere..... on Aug 14, 2007 at 10:13 AM
    OH my GOD! MAYOR?? The only thing worse would be if "Terrible Teresa" got re-elected!
  • by Dave Location: Garden Springs on Aug 11, 2007 at 11:57 PM
    Yea give it up for Beatty, it's not every day you wait 5 hours for the police to respond. God help us if we make him Mayor.
  • by SPIKE LEE OF KY.BB Location: LEX,KY. on Aug 11, 2007 at 10:35 AM
    I FEEL WE ARE NOT LOSING A GREAT PUBLIC SERVANT,THE CHIEF WILL BE AROUND AND I'M SURE HE'LL BE CONSULTED A MANY OF TIMES FROM TIME TO TIME.HE'S THAT MAN.I BELIEVE UK CAMPUS WILL BE SAFER WITH MR. BEATTY.AND DON'T BE SURPRIZED HE WILL BE THE FIRST AFRICAN AMERICAN MAYOR OF LEXINGTON IN THE NEAR FUTURE.LOCK IT UP.KUDOS TO PRESIDENT LEE TODD.
  • by Dave Location: Garden Springs on Aug 10, 2007 at 03:55 PM
    If you call the Lexington police it may be up to if not more than five HOURS for them to respond. I found this out this week
  • by Bob Location: Georgetown, Ky on Aug 10, 2007 at 01:35 PM
    I would love to see a beat writer for the Reds like in the days of Billy Thompson. I was in my teens at the time, but loved to read Billy's columns with all the on-site personal stories.
  • by Maggie Location: Lexington on Aug 10, 2007 at 11:44 AM
    I think that this is great for UK, the city, and for Cheif Beatty-there isn't a better person for the job!

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