Franklin County Judge-Executive Teresa Barton Named to Position
Frankfort, KY: Governor Ernie Fletcher announced today that Franklin County Judge-Executive Teresa Barton will serve as the new executive director of Office of Drug Control Policy (ODCP). Barton replaces Interim Executive Director Sylvia Lovely, who is the Kentucky League of Cites as executive director.
“Teresa has the background, experience and knowledge for which we are looking,” said Governor Ernie Fletcher. “Her work as a county judge, in education and in government has equipped her to lead this important initiative for our administration.”
Barton has been the Franklin County Judge-Executive for the last six years. She has also worked for the Transportation Cabinet, the Kentucky Higher Educational Student Loan Corporation and the Council on Higher Education.
“This is an exciting opportunity,” said Barton. “I’m sad to be leaving a wonderful position with wonderful people, but the time is right for me to tackle a bigger issue – combating the state’s growing drug problem. The Fletcher-Pence administration has a vision for better addressing the drug problem – my job is to make the vision a reality.”
Governor Fletcher created ODCP in September 2004 to coordinate Kentucky’s response to substance abuse; close gaps in service and administrative issues to improve drug control programs; and to implement effective strategies and long range planning in Kentucky
“We must do more and be more effective when it comes to Kentucky’s drug problem,” said Lieutenant Governor Steve Pence, Secretary of the Justice and Public Safety Cabinet. “Judge Barton can help bring together all components of this issue – treatment, education/prevention and enforcement. I look forward to working with Judge Barton in this new capacity
Barton’s position as executive director will be effective as of Wednesday, February 16. Barton's replacement has not been named.