LEXINGTON, Ky. (LEX 18) — Mayor Linda Gorton on Monday officially named former Lexington Fire Department Assistant Chief of Administration Jason G. Wells as the city's new fire chief.
The promotion is effective immediately.
In a ceremony Monday morning, Gorton presented Wells with his new badge, pinned on by his father Jim who served with the department for 27 years and retired as battalion chief.
“The strong tradition of service that runs through the Wells family is the same tradition of service that runs through our fire department,” Gorton said. “Because of that tradition, we have one of the best fire departments in the country, and I have no doubt Chief Wells will build on that tradition. It’s no surprise that, even though we conducted a national search, we found our new fire chief right here.”
Wells is a 25-year veteran of the force who has worked his way up the division through numerous assignments, giving him a broad range of experience. He has also served as assistant chief of prevention and preparedness.
Wells recognized he is taking over the division during challenging times.
“We are still battling a worldwide pandemic, we have and will continue to face tough economic times, and calls for social justice have echoed through our community and nation,” he said. “While these times may seem challenging… and they are … we must maintain perspective. Since the inception of the Lexington Fire Department nearly 150 years ago, the members of this great department have witnessed other pandemics, world wars, a great depression, and tremendous social change. Through those times, the Lexington Fire Department has stood strong, always providing selfless service to the members of this great city. Although we have, and will continue to change with the times to best serve Lexington, one thing remains true: The only way to accomplish our mission is to do it together.”
Wells is taking over for Chief Kristin Chilton, who is retiring. His appointment is effective immediately.
Wells and his wife Fay have one daughter. They are long-time Lexington residents.