Jim Gray is the former mayor of Lexington, and non-executive
chairman of the board of Gray Construction. During his eight years as mayor,
Gray was known for getting things done.
Facing immediate deficits, Mayor Gray righted Lexington’s
financial ship through a series of major reforms which included reducing the
city’s employee health insurance costs while at the same time improving
employee satisfaction. His reform of the police and fire pension system
preserved the retirements of more than 1,000 retirees while saving millions of
dollars for the city. Those savings resulted in investments in public safety.
Today, Lexington is ranked the 3rd safest city in the US.
As mayor, Gray continued to focus on three core themes:
creating jobs, running government efficiently and building a great American
City. In 2018, Lexington was named the 4th best run city in the country.
At the start of his career, Jim Gray earned a B.A. from
Vanderbilt University and then came home to help grow his family’s construction
firm, accepting a Loeb Fellow appointment at Harvard along the way. Gray
Construction is ranked among the top 5 US builders within major industry
sectors including manufacturing, automotive, food and beverage, and