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August 6th, Lawrence Weathers, Chief, Lexington Police Department

Posted on Aug 5, 2020

LEXINGTON, KY – The Rotary Club of Lexington held its weekly meeting Thursday,August 6th, via Zoom at 12:15 pm. For an invite to the Zoom meeting please contact

The program’s guest speaker was Lawrence Weathers, Chief, Lexington Police Department.

Policing is never an easy job, and these days it’s only gotten more challenging.  Confronted with charges of excessive force, lack of transparency, and unequal enforcement for citizens of color, our speaker this week, Chief Lawrence B. Weathers, has expressed his support for revisiting current law enforcement policies to reflect citizen input while ensuring that such changes are tactically sound and work for all sides. And he continues to advocate for rigorous selection criteria and training for all personnel in the Police Department.

Chief Weathers is a native of Lexington, Kentucky. He joined the Lexington

Division of Police in 1989. He has a masters of science degree in criminal justice from

Eastern Kentucky University and graduated from the University of Kentucky with a

bachelor’s degree in business administration.

He began his police career as a patrol officer and has worked as a supervisor in every

bureau of the Lexington Police Department from his promotion to sergeant in 1997

through his appointment to assistant chief in 2014.

In July of 2016 Assistant Chief Weathers was selected as the director of law

enforcement for Fayette County Public Schools. As the director of law enforcement he

was responsible for the safety and security of all Fayette County Public School students,

staff, and visitors as well as their properties.

On March 4, 2018, Lawrence Weathers was sworn in as Chief of Police of the Lexington

Police Department. The Lexington Police Department has over 600 sworn Officers and

over 80 Civilian employees. As Chief of Police he is responsible for responding to the

public safety needs and concerns for all of the citizens of Fayette County.

Chief Weathers is a certified police instructor, a member of the National Organization of

Black Law Enforcement Executives (NOBLE) and the International Association of

Chiefs of Police (IACP). Chief Weathers also volunteers to assist with educating

parents and youth about the effects illicit drugs and violence has on our community.

Chief Weathers is married and has three children.


For additional information, or to attend this meeting, please contact Peggy Trafton at 

401 West Main Street • Suite 305 • Lexington, KY 40507 • (859) 389-8100

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