Office of Drug Control Policy
JUSTICE & PUBLIC SAFETY CABINET APPOINTS EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR FOR THE OFFICE OF DRUG CONTROL POLICY

Press Release Date:  Wednesday, October 11, 2006  
Contact Information:  Contact Stacy Floden
(502) 564-8220
(502)-382-7155(Cell)
 


FRANKFORT, Ky. – The Justice & Public Safety Cabinet has announced today Staff Attorney Laurie K. Dudgeon will serve as executive director of the Office of Drug Control Policy.  Dudgeon replaces interim executive director Teresa Barton.

“During her career as a practicing attorney, Laurie saw first hand the devastation that drugs can have on people. I am confident she will draw on her experience and commitment to fight substance abuse,” said Governor Fletcher. “We are pleased to have her join the Justice and Public Safety Cabinet.”


Prior to joining the Justice Cabinet in 2005, Dudgeon worked in private practice for eleven years. 

“I look forward to this opportunity to continue the success ODCP has already established,” said Dudgeon.  “Kentucky is a national leader when it comes to developing drug control policy.  Preventing drug abuse through prevention-education, law enforcement and treatment is truly a noble cause which everyone can support.”

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.

Dudgeon received a bachelor’s degree in History from the University of Kentucky.  She graduated from UK Law School in 1994.  Dudgeon is originally from Somerset, Kentucky, but now resides in Frankfort.    Dudgeon’s appointment is effective immediately.