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LEXINGTON, Ky. (LEX 18) — The city's new police chief, announced Monday morning by Mayor Jim Gray, is a well-known former officer returning to lead the department after retiring in 2016.

Lawrence Weathers, 54, has a long, esteemed career in law enforcement.

He started with the Lexington Police Department in 1989. During his decades of work, Weathers was a key member of a variety of departments and unit, including patrol, narcotics, Fourth Platoon, Internal Affairs, training, special operations and community services as a D.A.R.E. officer. 

Weathers sat down with the city just before his retirement and answered some questions about his role with the department, including how he sort of lucked into taking the exam.

"Honestly, there was an ad in the paper. And they were hiring. I worked at a locally owned tool company and they didn’t have health benefits. A City job did have health benefits," he said. "And when I applied for the job, my cousin applied, too. He had always wanted to be a police officer but I didn’t know anything about it. We went to the University of Kentucky White Hall classroom to take the test. There were 1,300 people taking the test for twelve spots. We both got in."

 Weathers takes over for Chief Mark Barnard, who will now work on Gray's congressional campaign. He will officially start as Chief on March 5. 

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