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Five area officials cited for exemplary child support efforts

Adair's Jennifer Hutchison Corbin, Cumberland's Leslie G. Bell, Green County's Russ Goff, Russell's Kevin Shearer, and Taylor's John D. Bertram among officials from 21 Counties Statewide honored as Top Child Support Contracting officials

By Anya Armes Weber and Jill Midkiff
News from Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services

FRANKFORT, Ky. (Dec. 14, 2012) - 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 last month at a reception in Frankfort hosted 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.

"In every county, our contractors are working hard for the families of their communities," said DIS Deputy Commissioner Steve Veno, who leads the CSE. "In counties large and small, they continue to improve services so the children they serve get the financial support they are entitled to. We are so pleased to honor these top performers."

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 2011-12 fiscal year were made based on number of active cases.

Top performing counties with 1,000 or fewer cases are as follows:
Morgan County, County Attorney D. Joleen Frederick
Crittenden County, County Attorney Rebecca J. Johnson
McLean County, County Attorney W. E. Quisenberry Jr.
Adair County, County Attorney Jennifer Hutchison-Corbin
Trigg County, County Attorney Randall Braboy
Green County, County Attorney Russ Goff
Spencer County, County Attorney Ruth Hollan
Robertson County, County Attorney John Price
Top performing counties with 1,000-2,000 cases are as follows:
Allen County, County Attorney William Hagenbuch Jr.
Oldham County, County Attorney John K. Carter
Breckinridge County, County Attorney Bradley Butler
Meade County, County Attorney Jessica Brown Roberts
Grayson County, County Attorney K. Clay Ratley
Taylor County, County Attorney John D. Bertram
Russell County, County Attorney Kevin Shearer
Top performing counties with 2,000-4,000 cases are as follows:
Harlan County, County Attorney Fred M Busroe Jr.
Hopkins County, County Attorney Todd P'Pool
Barren County, County Attorney Jeffrey Sharp
Top performing counties with 4,000 cases or more are as follows:
Christian County, County Attorney J. Michael Foster
Warren County, County Attorney Amy Hale Milliken
Greatest Improvement Award
Cumberland County, County Attorney Lindsey G. Bell
Several other awards were also given to contractors and CSE staff. They are as follows:
Contracting Official Office of the Year - Ohio County Attorney's Office
Deputy Commissioner's Award for Exceptional Performance - Joy Fitzgerald, Administration and Financial Management Branch
James Fendley Child Support Attorney of the Year - James S. "Bridgie" Miller, Caldwell County Attorney
Tim Olds Outstanding Customer Service Award - Brenda Croft, Crittenden County Attorney's Office
Contracting Official Employee of the Year - Michelle Wolfe, Allen County Attorney's Office
State Child Support Field Office Employee of the Year - Jackolyn Upchurch, Cumberland Service Region
State Central Office Employee of the Year - Doris Moore, System Modernization Project
Overcoming Adversity Special Award - Morgan County Attorney's Office; Joleen Frederick, County Attorney and Barbara Cravens, Office Supervisor
The Overcoming Adversity Special Award was given to the Morgan County Attorney's Office for its work overcoming the March tornado destruction of the child support office while continuing to provide exceptional service to the children of Morgan County.

This story was posted on 2012-12-16 08:28:08
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