Kentucky Court of Justice
AOC Budget Director Carole Henderson receives Chief Justice’s Special Service Award

Press Release Date:  Thursday, September 27, 2012  
Contact Information:  Jamie Neal
Public Information Specialist
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Carole Henderson

FRANKFORT, Ky. -- Carole Henderson, budget director for the Administrative Office of the Courts, has received the Chief Justice’s Special Service Award for her distinguished service to Kentucky and her dedication to maintaining financial stability for the state Judicial Branch during a period of historic funding challenges. Chief Justice of Kentucky John D. Minton Jr. presented the award to Henderson at the Kentucky Bar Association’s annual banquet June 7 in Louisville.

“Carole has been largely responsible for keeping the Judicial Branch afloat throughout the great recession,” Chief Justice Minton said. “She has dedicated her entire career to the court system and has arguably put in more hours than any other employee during her 21 years of service.

“Without a doubt, Carole has proven herself to be the most valuable player on my team and I am so happy to have the opportunity to recognize her publicly for her tremendous service to the commonwealth and to me personally during my tenure as chief justice. She is a true workhorse and one of the unsung heroes of the court system. I can’t thank her enough for the work she has done to improve the court system.”

Henderson began work at the AOC in 1991 as a judicial secretary in the Budget Department and was later promoted to budget analyst. While working full time and raising two children, she enrolled full time at Midway College and earned her bachelor’s degree in 1999. In 2004, she was promoted to deputy budget director and four years later became budget director. In 2009, she assumed oversight of the judicial center construction program when the Division of Capital Construction was put under the AOC Office of Budget and Policy. She recently began overseeing the AOC Division of Accounting and Purchasing.

Henderson and her husband, Nelson, reside in Frankfort and have two children, A.J. and Lauren.

Administrative Office of the Courts
The AOC is the operations arm for the state court system and supports the activities of nearly 3,300 court system employees and 403 elected justices, judges and circuit court clerks. As the fiscal agent for the state court system, the AOC executes the Judicial Branch budget.