Lexington's First District will miss Councilman Chris Ford, who was appointed Wednesday as social services commissioner by Mayor Jim Gray.
Assuming, as is virtually certain, that his fellow council members confirm his appointment next week, Ford will leave a job that he's done energetically and well since 2011.
Ford has advocated effectively and persistently for his district. Among the efforts that he's championed are: saving the Charles Young Center from demolition, setting the struggling Lyric Theatre on a sustainable path, making the Isaac Murphy Memorial Art Garden a reality, fighting for Lexington to regain federal workforce training dollars, and creating an affordable housing trust fund.
Ford's experience on the council should serve him well in his new role. He chaired the council committee that oversaw the social services budget and was the council representative on the Lexington-Fayette County Board of Health.
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Ford has earned thanks for his work on the council and good wishes as he undertakes this new challenge.