Lexington mayor-elect sets up transition team


LEXINGTON, Ky. (KT) - Lexington Mayor-Elect Linda Gorton on Tuesday selected the members of her transition team who will work with Mayor Jim Gray’s administration to ensure a smooth transition for Kentucky’s second-largest city.

This first phase of the transition will focus on internal issues, Gorton said.  She will later focus on priorities for external issues.

Gorton said Wil James, former president of the Georgetown Toyota Motor Manufacturing plant, and Chris Frost, a University of Kentucky College of Law professor, will co-chair the team. Frost led the transition between the Newberry and Gray administrations.

Other transition team leaders include:

--Lexington attorney Phil Scott, who will work with the Law Department

--Educator Eunice Beatty and UK College of Law Professor Carolyn Bratt, who will work with the Planning, Preservation and Development Department

--Urban planner Ed Holmes, who will work with the Environmental Quality and Public Works Department

--Former U.S. Attorney Kerry Harvey, who will work with the Public Safety Department

--Workforce development expert Roy Woods, who will work with the Social Services Department

--Blue Grass Community Foundation President Lisa Adkins, who will work with the General Services Department

--UK Martin School Professor and former state budget director Merl Hackbart, who will work with the Finance Department.

“We want this transition to be seamless, and to put citizens first,” Gorton said. “There should be no interruption in the services the city provides citizens, and progress should continue uninterrupted on long-range projects.”

Last week, Gorton announced that Tyler Scott will return to Urban County Government as her chief of staff.

In the next few weeks, the City’s commissioners and Division directors will brief members of the Transition Team on issues and projects in their areas. Chief Administrative Officer Sally Hamilton is setting up the meetings.

Gorton officially takes over as Mayor on Jan. 6. An inauguration ceremony is planned at 2 p.m. in the ballroom of University of Kentucky’s Gatton Student Center, 160 Avenue of Champions. The event is free and open to the public.



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