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Top child support contracting officials honored

Bell County county attorney earns Greatest Improvement Award

FRANKFORT, Ky. (Sept. 22, 2015) — The Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services (CHFS) announced the state’s 20 top-performing child support collection partners and recognized one that has made significant improvement during the past year.

The winners were announced earlier this month at a conference in Lexington hosted by the CHFS Child Support Enforcement program (CSE).

CSE administers child support enforcement jointly with local contracting officials for all 120 counties.

“Child support is part of the foundation that grounds the building blocks of success for children — nutrition, education, health, wellness and security,” said CHFS Secretary Audrey Tayse Haynes. “Child support enforcement is all about providing for Kentucky’s youngest citizens, and that is what all of you do so well.”

Department for Income Support Commissioner Steve Veno, who leads the CSE, said that the diligence of CSE state and contracting officials staff supports families during a difficult period of time.

“Children deserve support—emotional and financial—from both parents, even when they live in separate households,” he said. “Child support builds parental responsibility. The work of our staff and county contracting officials makes a big difference for thousands of Kentucky families, and it makes a difference in every community. We are so pleased to honor these top performers.”

Contracting officials are ranked based on their paternity establishments, the establishment of child support orders, child support collections and past-due collections.

Rankings for the 2014-15 fiscal year were made based on the number of active cases.

Top performing counties with 1,000 or fewer cases are:

  • Adair County, County Attorney Jennifer Hutchison-Corbin
  • Crittenden County, County Attorney Rebecca J. Johnson
  • Green County, County Attorney Russ Goff
  • Larue County, County Attorney Kyle Williamson
  • Morgan County, County Attorney Myles Holbrook
  • McLean County, County Attorney Joshua Searcy
  • Trigg County, County Attorney Randall Braboy
  • Trimble County, County Attorney Crystal Heinz

Top performing counties with 1,000-2,000 cases are:

  • Allen County, County Attorney William Hagenbuch Jr.
  • Breckinridge County, County Attorney Bradley Butler
  • Grayson County, County Attorney K. Clay Ratley
  • Meade County, County Attorney Jessica Brown Roberts
  • Ohio County, County Attorney Justin Keown
  • Oldham County, County Attorney John K. Carter
  • Russell County, County Attorney Kevin Shearer

Top performing counties with 2,000-4,000 cases are:

  • Barren County, County Attorney Jeffrey Sharp
  • Henderson County, County Attorney Steven R. Gold
  • Hopkins County, County Attorney Byron Hobgood

Top performing counties with 4,000 cases or more are:

  • Boone County, County Attorney Robert Neace
  • Warren County, County Attorney Amy Milliken

Greatest Improvement Award:

  • Bell County, County Attorney Neil Ward

Other awards:

  • Contracting Official Office of the Year – Hardin County Attorney’s Office
  • John R. Fendley Child Support Attorney of the Year – Richard Major, Fulton County Attorney
  • Tim Olds Outstanding Customer Service Award – Mary “Angie” Decker, Meade County Child Support Office
  • Contracting Official Employee of the Year – Paula Madison-Hayes, Warren County Child Support Office
  • State Child Support Field Office Employee of the Year – Shelly Vaughn, Cumberland Regional Office
  • State Central Office Employee of the Year – Latoya Winkfield, State Parent Locator Service Section
  • Commissioner’s Award – Lynn Skelton, Program Services Branch Manager