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State’s top child support contracting officials honored

Press Release Date:  Tuesday, August 30, 2005  
Contact Information:  Vikki Franklin or Anya Weber, 502/564-6786  


For the third consecutive year, the Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services’ Division of Child Support has honored Oldham County Attorney John Fendley as the state’s top child support contracting official. 

The Cabinet, which administers child support enforcement jointly with local contractors, rated the performance of contractors in all 120 Kentucky counties during the fiscal year that ended July 1, 2005.  In most instances, the Kentucky Division of Child Support contracts with a county attorney to administer its work, but in some cases a special prosecutor can be appointed.

Cabinet Secretary James W. Holsinger Jr., M.D., said local child support contractors deserve much credit for helping Kentucky achieve some of the nation’s highest rates of improvement on all measures of child support enforcement.  He said their efforts also impact other CHFS programs and services. 

“The quality of the child support program contributes strongly to the success of other Cabinet services,” Holsinger said.  “By helping establish paternity, adoption services are improved by the work of child support enforcement contractors and their efforts also play a role in helping families move from welfare to work by helping them obtain financial support that can pave the way to self-sufficiency.”

During ceremonies today, Cabinet officials announced the state’s top 10 contracting officials, which are measured by their combined performance in child support establishment, paternity establishment, current support collection and collection of past-due support. However, there are actually 12 counties listed in this category because Steve Dallas is the contracting official for three of the counties.  All of these counties were awarded last year with the exception of Morgan and Pendleton County. 

In second for the 2005 fiscal year is Larue County Attorney Dale Morris and third is Adair County Attorney Jennifer Hutchison-Corbin. Other honorees, in rank order, are: Special Prosecutor Steve Dallas for fourth, fifth and sixth place in Owen, Boone and Harrison Counties respectively; Allen County Attorney William Hagenbuch, Jr. for seventh; Trigg County Attorney H.B. Quinn for eighth; Washington County Attorney Hamilton Simms for ninth; Morgan County Attorney Steve O’Connor for 10th; Logan County Attorney Thomas Noe II for 11th; and Pendleton Assistant County Attorney Jeffery Dean for 12th.

Other county contractors were honored for their rates of improvement in child support enforcement activities over the last year.  Webster County Attorney Clint Prow was recognized for having the greatest increase in collections statewide, jumping 77 spots, from 110th statewide in FY 04 to 33rd statewide in FY 05.   Webster County increased its paternity establishment ratio by 19.46 percent and boosted its child support order establishment ratio by 27.28 percent, current support collection ratio by 5.40 percent, and arrearage collection ratio by 7.04 percent. 

Counties that increased their paternity or child support order establishment ratios by 10 percent or more and those with 5 percent or greater increases in current support or arrears collections were also honored.  They are:

  • Bath County, Kim Price, County Attorney - 10.94 percent increase in child support order establishment; 13.59 percent increase in paternity establishment
  • Bourbon County, John Brady, County Attorney - 10.37 percent increase in paternity establishment; 
  • Boyd County, Phillip Hedrick, County Attorney - 12.10 percent increase in paternity establishment
  • Calloway County, David Harrington, County Attorney - 11.27 percent increase in paternity establishment
  • Carlisle County, Michael Hogancamp, County Attorney - 13.80 percent increase in paternity establishment
  • Edmonson County, Greg Vincent, County Attorney - 15 percent increase in paternity establishment
  • Fleming County, John Price, Special Prosecutor - 10.12 percent increase in child support order establishments
  • Garrard County, Jeff Moss, County Attorney - 17.90 percent increase in paternity establishment
  • Hopkins County, Robert Moore, County Attorney - 11.24 percent increase in child support order establishment
  • Jackson County, George Hays, County Attorney - 15.98 percent increase in paternity establishment
  • Johnson County, Paul Pack, County Attorney - 7.05 percent increase in current support collections; 7.36 percent increase in arrearage collections
  • Knott County, Randy Slone, County Attorney - 10.74 percent increase in child support order establishment; 6.47 percent increase in arrearage collections
  • Knox County, Charley Dixon, County Attorney - 10.13 percent increase in paternity establishment
  • Larue County, Dale Morris, County Attorney - 5.06 percent increase in arrearage collections
  • Lawrence County, Mike Hogan, County Attorney - 14.05 percent increase in child support order establishment; 13.29 percent increase in paternity establishment
  • McCreary County, Ralph Chaney Jr., County Attorney - 14.49 percent increase in paternity establishment
  • Magoffin County, Mike Fox, Special Prosecutor - 8.47 percent increase in arrearage collections
  • Mercer County, Douglas Greenburg, County Attorney - 14.59 percent increase in paternity establishment
  • Morgan County, Steve O’Connor, County Attorney - 13.48 percent increase in child support order establishment
  • Owsley County, Henley McIntosh, County Attorney - 10.60 percent increase in child support order establishments
  • Rockcastle County, William Reynolds, County Attorney - 11.57 percent increase in paternity establishments
  • Spencer County, Ruth Hollan, County Attorney - 11.04 percent increase in child support order establishment; 17.02 percent increase in paternity establishment
  • Wayne County, L. Lee Tobbe, County Attorney - 11.36 percent increase in child support order establishments; 10.96 percent increase in paternity establishments; 5.6 percent increase in current support collections
  • Webster County, Clint Prow, County Attorney - 27.28 percent increase in child support order establishments; 19.46 percent increase in paternity establishment; 5.40 percent increase in current support collections; 7.04 percent increase in arrearage collections
  • Wolfe County, Steve Johnson, County Attorney - 10.21 percent increase in child support order establishment; 13.56 percent increase in paternity establishment

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Last Updated 8/30/2005