Jeff Middendorf has accepted a position with the Kentucky Justice and Public Safety Cabinet’s Office of Legal Services. His first day on the job will be July 1.
"This is a great opportunity for me to put my experience to work," says Middendorf. "I’m honored that Lieutenant Governor Steve Pence would want me to be to be a part of the great legal team he has brought together at the Justice Cabinet."
Middendorf is a graduate of the U-K College of Law and has an M.A. from George Washington University, in Washington D.C. He comes to the Justice Cabinet from the Kenton County Attorney’s Office, where he was the Chief Juvenile Prosecutor.
"I’m really sorry to see Jeff go," says Kenton County Attorney Garry Edmondson, Middendorf'’s former boss. " Jeff has a tremendous background in issues that will benefit the state. He has a wealth of hands on, day-to-day experience that will be invaluable to the state."
Middendorf joins new hires, Tom Self a former Assistant U.S Attorney for the Eastern District of Kentucky, Luke Morgan, a former Assistant Attorney General and Elizabeth Heilman, also a former Assistant Attorney general.
"We are bringing together some of the best legal talent in the state," says Joseph M. Whittle, Director of Legal Services for the Justice and Public Safety Cabinet. " They all have a variety of experience that will make them an effective in house law firm. These moves will also help save taxpayers thousands of dollars in legal fees, which previous administrations paid to outside law firms under personal services contracts."