Health and Family Services Cabinet
State Honors Top Child Support Contracting Officials

Press Release Date:  Tuesday, November 18, 2014  
Revision Date:  Wednesday, November 19, 2014 
Contact Information:  Media Contact: Anya Armes Weber, (502) 564-6786, ext. 3104; or Jill Midkiff, (502) 564-7042, ext. 3465  


FRANKFORT, Ky. (Nov. 18, 2014) – The Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services (CHFS) has 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 today at a conference in Covington hosted by the CHFS Child Support Enforcement program (CSE).

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

CHFS Secretary Audrey Tayse Haynes attended the conference and thanked the staff and all stakeholders who attended.

“Child support enforcement is all about providing for children, and that is what all of you do so well,” she said. “Through your work, you promote parental responsibility so that children receive support from both parents even when they live in separate households. It is not always easy, but you define the spirit of public service.”
“The hard work of our contractors and administrative staff protects and supports families during a difficult period of time,” said Department for Income Support Commissioner Steve Veno, who leads the CSE. “In every Kentucky county, they are devoted to improving services so the children they serve get the financial support that they deserve. We are 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 2013-14 fiscal year were made based on number of active cases.

Top performing counties with 1,000 or fewer cases are as follows:
− Adair County, County Attorney Jennifer Hutchison-Corbin
− Crittenden County, County Attorney Rebecca J. Johnson
− Green County, County Attorney Russ Goff
− Larue County, County Attorney Dale M. Morris
− Morgan County, County Attorney D. Joleen Frederick
− McLean County, County Attorney W. E. Quisenberry Jr.
− Robertson County, Contracting Official John Price
− Trigg County, County Attorney Randall Braboy
Top performing counties with 1,000-2,000 cases are as follows:
− 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
− Oldham County, County Attorney John K. Carter
− Russell County, County Attorney Kevin Shearer
− Taylor County, County Attorney John D. Bertram

Top performing counties with 2,000-4,000 cases are as follows:
− Harlan County, County Attorney Fred M. Busroe Jr.
− Henderson County, County Attorney Steven R. Gold
− Hopkins County, County Attorney Todd P’Pool

Top performing counties with 4,000 cases or more are as follows:
− Boone County, County Attorney Robert Neace
− Hardin County, County Attorney Jennifer B. Oldham

Greatest Improvement Award
− Trimble County, County Attorney Perry Arnold
Several other awards were also given to contractors and CSE staff. They are as follows: 
− Contracting Official Office of the Year – Fayette County Attorney’s Office
− John R. Fendley Child Support Attorney of the Year – Jodi L. Albright, Laurel County Attorney
− Tim Olds Outstanding Customer Service Award – Vicky Knott, Hardin County Attorney’s Office 
− Contracting Official Employee of the Year – Carolyn Wiseman, Jefferson County Attorney’s Office
− State Child Support Field Office Employee of the Year – Sheila Blevins, Jefferson County Regional Office
− State Central Office Employee of the Year – Melissa Roby, Processing and Distribution Branch  
− Commissioner’s Leadership Award -- Jesse J. Jordan, Sr. for extraordinary leadership above and beyond the call of duty in the CSE System Modernization Project.
− Commissioner’s Leadership Award -- Mike O’Connell, Jefferson County Attorney, for improving child support operations.
−  Commissioner’s Award -- Jefferson County Attorney Child Support Division for extraordinary effort going above and beyond the call of duty moving to the CSE system.

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The Cabinet for Health and Family Services is home to most of the state’s human services and health care programs, including Medicaid, the Department for Community Based Services and the Department for Public Health. CHFS is one of the largest agencies in state government, with nearly 8,000 full and part-time employees throughout the Commonwealth focused on improving the lives and health of Kentuckians.