Department History

Police Chiefs


  • Albert J. Taylor 1925 to 1928
  • T. M. Vaughts 1928 to 1933
  • Alfred Dreher 1933 to 1934
  • Unknown 1935 to 1938
  • W. G. Ouzts 1939 to 1941
  • H. T. Wingard 1941 to 1949
  • Fred H. Boatwright 1949 to 1956
  • Jack Cook 1957 to 1966
  • William M. Asbill 1966 to 1971
  • E. O. Sharpe Jr. 1971 to 1988
  • Mike Roth 1988 to 2004
  • Stace Day 2004 to 2006
  • Terrence Green 2006 to Present

Interesting Facts


  • 1928 Speed was regulated in Town of Lexington and a penalty set for violations.
  • 1933 Town voted to buy Police Officer's uniform and allow the Officer to pay back the Town in 5 monthly payments.
  • 1947 Town voted to buy V-8 Ford for Police Department to be equipped as needed.
  • 1948 Ordinance passed for 1 hour parking on Main Street .
  • 1949 Installed telephones in the Police Department.
  • 1950 Police Department given $15 per month for expenses.
  • 1953 Voted to buy small two-way radio.
  • 1965 Police Committee was to look into the possibility of using tear gas guns for Police Officers on duty.
  • 1966 Police Officers required to attend Law Enforcement Division Schools unless excused by Police Committee.
  • 1972 Police begin using Radar in the town for speed enforcement.
  • 1973 A motion is made to pay off duty Police Officers $3 per court session.
  • 1977 Ordinance passed reducing speed limit in Town limit to 30mph except as otherwise posted.
  • 1979 Purchased a radar unit for $1695
  • 1995 Bike Patrol initiated.
  • 1998 "Ice" the department's first canine officer was deployed for narcotics detection.
  • 2010 Article on Chief Roth (Retired). (Reprinted with written permission from Lexington Life Magazine)