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Awards given for Outstanding Commonwealth’s Attorney and Outstanding County Attorney

Four honorees named

FRANKFORT, Ky. (Aug. 20, 2015) — Attorney General Jack Conway today announced the recipients of the 2015 Outstanding Commonwealth’s and Outstanding County Attorney awards as part of the Kentucky Prosecutors Conference at the Lexington Convention Center.

Nearly 700 prosecutors, staff members and law enforcement officials from across Kentucky are attending the three-day conference sponsored by the Office of the Attorney General and the Prosecutors Advisory Council.

The recipients of the 2015 Outstanding Commonwealth’s Attorney awards are:

  • Courtney Baxter, Commonwealth’s Attorney for the 12th Judicial Circuit representing Henry, Trimble and Oldham counties.
  • Shane Young, who serves as Commonwealth’s Attorney for the 9th Judicial Circuit representing Hardin County.

“Courtney is an outstanding prosecutor with experience as a former Oldham County Attorney and an Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney,” General Conway said. “In November of 2012, voters elected Courtney as Commonwealth’s Attorney. She is the first woman to serve in that position in the 12th Judicial Circuit. In addition to her public service, Courtney is very involved in community service and recently returned from a mission trip to Belize. I appreciate Courtney’s service to the court and her community.”

Of Young, General Conway stated, “Shane is a United States Navy veteran with 15 years of experience in the courtroom as a prosecutor. Shane started his career as a law clerk with the Commonwealth’s Attorney’s Office in Jefferson County. He went one to serve as a prosecutor in that office for almost 10 years—eventually serving as the Division Chief of the Narcotics Division. Voters elected Shane as Commonwealth’s Attorney for the 9th Circuit in 2013. Since taking office, he’s taken some very difficult special prosecutions assignments and he’s utilized the “rocket docket” to quickly resolve cases. This significantly cuts the average time a criminal case is on the docket and saves the county money. I commend Shane for his commitment to the people of Hardin County and the prosecutorial community.”

The recipients of the 2015 Outstanding County Attorney Awards are:

  • Clay M. Bishop, Jr., Clay County Attorney since 1985.
  • Steve Gold, who has served as the Henderson County Attorney since 2008.

“Clay is currently serving his eighth consecutive elected term as Clay County Attorney,” General Conway said. “Clay helped establish the first domestic violence laws in Kentucky. He’s served as an instructor for the Kentucky Prosecutors Institute. He’s previously a two-time recipient of the Outstanding County Attorney Award, receiving that honor in 1995 and 2006. He’s also twice served as the president of the Kentucky County Attorneys Association and served as a legislative liaison for the group in his capacity as president. This year, Clay and his staff have covered court appearances for Jackson County Attorney George Hays while Hays battles throat cancer. In addition to serving as the Clay County Attorney, Clay maintains a private practice and is a part-time instructor of paralegal studies at Eastern Kentucky University.”

Of Gold, General Conway stated, “Steve currently serves as vice president of the Kentucky County Attorneys Association (KCAA). He has represented the KCAA on the Kentucky legislature’s Juvenile Code Revision Task Force and on the Kentucky Child Support Guidelines Review Commission. Steve currently serves on the Kentucky Juvenile Justice Oversight Council and the Administrative Office of the Court’s Juvenile Court Rules Advisory Committee. In 2014, Gold’s office received an Outstanding Performance Award from the Kentucky Division of Child Support Enforcement. He previously served as a member of the Kentucky Consumer Advisory Council from 2002-2003. Steve is also active in his community, where he is currently a board member of the Kentucky YMCA Youth Association, Inc.”