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February 8, 2014 8:22 PM

Lexington's first black fire chief Keith Jackson takes the heat and then some

Lexington's first black fire chief Keith Jackson reflects on 23 years on the force. Nearly three years ago, Jackson, 48, was asked to help a wounded department rebound. Many of the department's problems were laid out in 2011, when then-newly elected Mayor Jim Gray received a 67-page report that outlined a multitude of issues that plagued Lexington's public safety agencies, especially the fire department. Among the issues listed were the former chief's failure to manage the division's budget, significant overtime expenditures, poor morale and a lack of leadership.

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