Office of the Attorney General
Attorney General Conway Names 2011 Outstanding Commonwealth's and County Attorneys

Press Release Date:  Thursday, August 18, 2011  
Contact Information:  Shelley Catharine Johnson
Deputy Communications Director
502-696-5659 (office)

Attorney General Jack Conway today presented the awards for the 2011 Outstanding Commonwealth's and County Attorneys at the Kentucky Prosecutor's Conference at the Kentucky International Convention Center in Louisville. More than 700 prosecutors, Commonwealth's Attorneys, County Attorneys and staff from across Kentucky are attending the three-day conference sponsored by the Office of the Attorney General.

The recipients of the 2011 Outstanding Commonwealth's Attorney Awards are Jackie Steele, Commonwealth's Attorney for the 27th Judicial Circuit representing Knox and Laurel counties and Michael Stacy who serves as Commonwealth's Attorney for the 1st Judicial Circuit representing Ballard, Carlisle, Fulton and Hickman counties.

When presenting Steele's award, General Conway said, "Since he became Commonwealth's Attorney in 2008, Jackie has had 47 jury trials, including 13 murder trials. His tireless efforts also resulted in a conviction and 16-year sentence in the theft of nearly a half million dollars from the Administrative Office of the Courts (AOC). Jackie also secured funding for a cybercrimes prosecutor and helped establish a multi-jurisdictional task force to address computer crimes against children."

Of Stacy, General Conway stated, "Mike was born to be a prosecutor. He always answers the call to serve as a special prosecutor, most recently securing a conviction in a McCracken County murder case. Mike has obtained numerous murder convictions in his jurisdiction. Before serving as Commonwealth's Attorney, Mike spent 12 years as the Ballard County Attorney. Under his watch, Ballard County ranked in the top ten every year in DUI conviction rates."

The recipients of the 2011 Outstanding County Attorney Awards are Hart Megibben, Shelby County Attorney since 2005 and John Estill, Mason County Attorney since 1994.

"Since taking office, Hart has worked diligently to close loopholes in the drugged-driving laws," General Conway said. "He also has a strong record of aggressively prosecuting DUI cases. Shelby County attained the highest conviction rate for DUI offenses from 2004 to 2008 and from 1999 to 2003, while Hart was working as the Chief Assistant County Attorney."

Of Estill, General Conway stated, "John has had a long and distinguished career as a prosecutor and currently serves as the president of the County Attorneys' Association. Additionally, he has been a faculty member for the Kentucky Prosecutor's Institute sponsored by the Prosecutor's Advisory Council and the Office of the Attorney General. In 2010, the Kentucky County Attorneys Association presented John with its Special Prosecutions Award."

In concluding his remarks, General Conway thanked all of the members of Kentucky's prosecutorial community who work every day to make our communities safer places to live, work and raise families.

Photos of this year's award winners are available on the Attorney General's website: