Jamie Emmons has been chief of staff for Mayor Jim Gray since January 2011. He describes his role in city government as being the “chief manager and troubleshooter of the mayor’s popular–and not so popular–initiatives.”
His role involves a blend of operational management, public policy, politics, and new value added initiatives, where change is tough, but often necessary. Finding pathways to systemic solutions is his strength and over-arching goal.
Emmons led Mayor Gray’s most challenging first term initiatives: reforms to employee health insurance; pension reform; operational innovations and quality of life investments. These efforts resulted in a reduction of general fund expenses by almost 10 percent, while at the same time producing more efficient operations; broad-based improvements for employees and retirees; and predictable forecasts for elected officials.
Mayor Gray was re-elected in November 2014, winning by 30 percent against a popular former Lexington Police Chief.
Prior to his current role, Emmons managed Gray’s 2010 successful bid for Mayor, served as an advisor to the Speaker of the Kentucky House of Representatives and, earlier, directed more than 50 candidate and ballot initiative campaigns at Emmons & Company.