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Mayor Gorton delivers State of the City/County Address

The mayor placed a big emphasis on public safety and discussed several steps the city is taking to target crime.
Published: Jan. 18, 2022 at 11:46 AM EST
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LEXINGTON, Ky. (WKYT) - Mayor Linda Gorton gave her State of the City-County Address Tuesday.

The mayor placed a big emphasis on public safety and discussed several steps the city is taking to target crime.

Normally, Mayor Gorton would have delivered the speech in person to about 400 people. However, due to covid, she gave it virtually and started off by saying that crime in Lexington is down by 16 percent:

Lexington has had at least two gun-related homicides in 2022 after setting a new record in 2021 with 37. Gorton said one way the city has strengthened public safety is by hiring more police officers.

“This year, we added two recruit classes, and added six neighborhood resource officers, who make it their business to be well known in the neighborhood, and regularly available to address concerns with neighbors,” Gorton said.

Gorton said all officers now have body cameras. There are plans to build a new police roll call station. The city has also negotiated a four-year collective bargaining contract with the fraternal order of police.

Gorton praised the efforts of Devine Carama, who’s over the city’s One Lexington. She said he’s been instrumental in meeting with at-risk youth and talking with homicide victims to try and reduce crime.

The mayor also mentioned putting two civilians on the police disciplinary review board and naming a permanent racial justice and equality commission.

The mayor also talked about what the city has done to improve affordable housing. That includes creating a Department of Housing and naming a commissioner to head the department.

She said the city has also allocated millions of dollars in federal aid to rental and housing assistance.

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