Office of the Attorney General
Attorney General Stumbo Names 2006 Outstanding Commonwealth’s and County Attorneys

Press Release Date:  Thursday, August 03, 2006  
Contact Information:  Vicki Glass, 502-696-5643 Office  


Attorney General Greg Stumbo presented awards for the 2006 Outstanding Commonwealth’s and County Attorneys at the Kentucky Prosecutors Conference at the Marriott Hotel Downtown in Louisville today.

The recipients of the 2006 Outstanding Commonwealth’s Attorney awards were Dave Stengel, Jefferson County Commonwealth’s Attorney and Brian Wright, Commonwealth’s Attorney for the 29th Circuit encompassing Adair and Casey counties.

“Dave has been the Jefferson County Commonwealth’s Attorney since 1996 and was reelected to a full six year term without opposition in November of 2000,” said Stumbo.  “He is also unopposed for another six year term in 2006.  This record says a lot about Dave’s caliber as a prosecutor and the respect he has with the public he serves.”

Upon presenting Wright’s award Stumbo said, “Brian graduated Cum Laude from the University of Kentucky College of Law and received the ‘Excellence for the Future Award’ That award would certainly forecast Brian’s accomplishments as a lawyer.  Brian has actively prosecuted hundreds of criminal cases in Adair and Casey counties, including several capital murder cases.”

The recipients of the 2006 Outstanding County Attorney Awards were Clay Bishop, County Attorney for Clay County since 1986 and Paul Cowden, Montgomery County Attorney since 1976.

“In addition to his service as County Attorney, Clay is currently serving his second term as President of the Kentucky County Attorneys Association and also serves as a member of the Prosecutors Advisory Council,” said Stumbo.  “As an instructor at the Kentucky Prosecutors Institute, he is active in training new prosecutors and has taught paralegal studies at Eastern Kentucky University since 1993.”

Of Paul Cowden, Stumbo stated, “In the last 30 years, Paul has served the public with great distinction and has a very accomplished record as a prosecutor.  Paul also served as President of the County Attorneys Association from 1993-1995.  He currently serves as a state director for the National District Attorneys Association.  He is a valued member of the faculty of the Kentucky Prosecutors Institute and a great resource for both newly-elected and well-established County Attorneys across the Commonwealth.”

Jefferson County Commonwealth’s Attorney Dave Stengel
Jefferson County Commonwealth’s Attorney Dave Stengel

Brian Wright, Commonwealth’s Attorney for the 29th Circuit, and Attorney General Stumbo
Brian Wright, Commonwealth’s Attorney for the 29th Circuit, and Attorney General Stumbo

Attorney General Stumbo and Clay County Attorney, Clay Bishop
Attorney General Stumbo and Clay County Attorney, Clay Bishop

Attorney General Greg Stumbo and Montgomery County Attorney, Paul Cowden
Attorney General Greg Stumbo and Montgomery County Attorney, Paul Cowden