Lexington Mayor Jim Gray honored at final Urban County Council meeting before leaving office

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LEXINGTON, Ky. (WKYT) - Lexington Mayor Jim Gray doesn't leave office until January, but Thursday's night's Urban County Council meeting was his last in office.

Vice Mayor Steve Kay brought forth - and the council unanimously approved - a resolution recognizing Gray for his eight years as mayor.

"Mayor Gray was the right man at the right time for this community," Kay said.

The council honored Gray for his work in reforming police and fire pensions, making safety improvements, revitalizing the downtown area, among other projects.

"When I think of you, I think of the word 'visionary,' and you have. You've had that vision, you've gone after it, and you've got all of us that have seen the vision as well," District 12 Councilwoman Kathy Plomin told Gray.

"I think the biggest mark you've left on this community, you gave us the ability to dream again, and to invest in our future and not be afraid to do it," said Councilman At-Large Kevin Stinnett.

Mayor Gray took time out of the meeting to thank Stinnett, District 11 Councilwoman Peggy Henson, and District 2 Councilman Joseph Smith, who are all wrapping up their time in office.

Gray said being mayor has been a "wonderful job."

"If we can make our citizens feel better in the morning when they get up because they feel better about our city, then we will be doing our job as public servants, and I feel like that we've been able to achieve that and I feel good about that," Gray said.

The Urban County Council will be in recess until January 15. Mayor-elect Linda Gorton's inauguration is set for January 6.