Health and Family Services Cabinet
State Announces Top-Performing Child Support Contractors
FRANKFORT, Ky. (Nov. 30, 2009) – The Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services (CHFS) has announced the state’s 20 top-performing child support contracting officials and one that made significant improvement during the past year.
The winners were announced earlier this month in Louisville at the Child Support Conference, which was sponsored by the CHFS Child Support Enforcement Program (CSE).
The CSE, part of the CHFS Department for Income Support (DIS), administers child support enforcement jointly with local contracting officials for all 120 counties.
“Families don’t often see the hard work our child support contractors perform on their behalf,” DIS Deputy Commissioner Steve Veno said. “In every county, and by working closely with state child support enforcement staff, they continue to improve services so the children they serve get the financial support to which they are entitled.”
Contracting officials are ranked based on their paternity establishments, the establishment of child support orders, child support collections and arrearage (past-due) collections.
Rankings for the 2008-09 fiscal year were made based on number of active cases.
Top performing counties with 1,000 or fewer cases were as follows:
1. McLean County, County Attorney W. E. Quisenberry Jr.
2. Livingston County, County Attorney Billy N. Riley
3. Crittenden County, County Rebecca J. Johnson
4. Green County, County Attorney Russ Goff
5. Morgan County, County Attorney Steve O’Connor
6. Trigg County, County Attorney H. B. Quinn
7. Butler County, County Attorney Richard Deye
8. Adair County, County Attorney Jennifer Hutchison-Corbin
Top performing counties with 1000-2000 cases were as follows:
1. Casey County, County Attorney Thomas M. Weddle Jr.
2. Breckinridge County, County Attorney Bradley Butler
3. Allen County, County Attorney William Hagenbuch Jr.
4. Oldham County, County Attorney John R. Fendley
5. Meade County, County Attorney Margaret Matney
6. Logan County, County Attorney Thomas Noe II
7. Grayson County, County Attorney Thomas Goff
Top performing counties with 2000-4000 cases were as follows:
1. Bell County, County Attorney Neil Ward
2. Harlan County, County Attorney Fred M. Busroe Jr.
3. Hopkins County, County Attorney Todd P’Pool
Top performing counties with 4000 cases or more were as follows:
1. Boone County, County Attorney Robert Neace
2. Hardin County, County Attorney T. Steven Bland
The Lyon County Attorney’s Office, led by County Attorney Brandon Knoth, showed the greatest improvement.
Veno said the quality of the state’s child support enforcement program also contributes to the success of other Cabinet services.
“Child support income is essential to the financial and general health of families,” he said. “The work of the individuals and county offices we have honored gives many families a path to self-sufficiency.”
CSE also honored several individuals who were nominated by their peers.
The Child Support Attorney of the Year Award went to Morgan County Attorney Steve O’Connor.
Veno said O’Connor, who is not seeking re-election next year after more than 20 years as county attorney, has made Morgan County a top performer over the last several years.
“Steve deserves much credit for helping Morgan County achieve such high rankings on all measures of child support enforcement,” Veno said. “Our staff have greatly appreciated working with him for more than 20 years and honor him for his service.”
The Deputy Commissioner’s Award for Outstanding Contribution to the Child Support Enforcement program was awarded to Rachel Dockal, of the Child Support Enforcement office, and County Attorney Angela Anton of the Jefferson County Attorney’s Office.
The Contracting Official Office of the Year Award was presented to Adair County Attorney Jennifer Hutchinson-Corbin.
The Tim Olds Customer Service Award was presented to Mary Hale of the Fayette County Attorney’s Office and Joe Leavell of the Jefferson County Attorney’s Office.
Tim Olds was an employee of the Child Support Enforcement Program who exemplified outstanding customer service. Olds answered phones, met with custodial and noncustodial parents and assisted community partners in matters involving child support. Shortly after his retirement in 2007, Olds unexpectedly passed away.
Missy Mollett of the Boyd County Regional Office was named Field Employee of the Year. Loretta Dawson of Frankfort’s Central Office received the Central Office Employee of the Year honor.
Contracting Official Employee of the Year was Debbie Tweddell of the Kenton County Attorney’s Office.
Learn more about child support at http://chfs.ky.gov/dis/cse.htm.
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