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LEXINGTON, KY. - A state employee with 30 years of public safety experience has been named the new director of Lexington’s Division of Community Corrections.

The selection of Rodney Ballard was announced Tuesday morning. He currently serves as a Deputy Commissioner in the Kentucky Department of Corrections and previously worked at a jail in northern Kentucky and for state police.

Ballard says he’s eager to get to know corrections officers and build on improvements being made at the jail.

LEXINGTON, Ky. - The city of Lexington signed a four-year labor agreement Tuesday with employees of the Fayette County Detention Center. The contract, which was ratified last month, represents $1.2 million in savings to the government.

"The Community Corrections officers and sergeants understand the financial crisis the great city of Lexington is facing and we wanted to answer the mayor's call for public safety employees to make sacrifices," says Sgt. Kevin Johnson, President of Town Branch FOP Lodge #83.