Politics & Government

Lexington mayor announces last four appointments to management team

Mayor Jim Gray announced the final four appointments to his management team on Tuesday, saying these were key to putting Lexington "back in businesses."

The appointeees are Clay Mason, commissioner of public safety; Glenn Brown, senior advisor to the mayor for special projects; Kevin Atkins, chief development officer; and Sheila Hupp, manager of the mayor's office of performance measurement. The last two are new positions.

Mason is an attorney and 25-year employee of the Federal Bureau of Investigation. He has worked in Washington D.C., Frankfort and Lexington, where he supervised the Lexington FBI and the Lexington Joint Terrorism Task Force.

Asked whether Police Chief Ronnie J. Bastin will be retained, Gray said it will be up to Mason to examine the performance and management of police, fire, corrections and Emergency-911. However, the transition team that helped narrow the field of candidates for public safety director "has been very complimentary of our police department," the mayor said.

Brown worked in a variety of positions at the Fayette County Detention Center over the past 25 years, retiring as director of community corrections.

Atkins worked almost 23 years in U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell's Kentucky offices as a field representative. As chief development officer, a cabinet-level position, Atkins will report directly to the mayor, integrating the responsibilities of planning, economic development and preservation.

Atkins has solid management skills and "extraordinary contacts in business and government," Gray said.

Hupp, the performance-measurement manager, comes from a similar job in Irving, Texas. Gray said tracking performance helps bring good business management principles to government.

Hupp said she will meet weekly with heads of city divisions to set standards and establish methods for measuring success.

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