FRANKFORT, KY – Justice and Public Safety Secretary J. Michael Brown announced today that Vickie Wise has been appointed deputy secretary for the cabinet effective May 16th, but she will begin transitioning into her responsibilities immediately.

Wise has more than 27 years of law experience and currently serves as general counsel for the cabinet’s Office of Legal Services, a position she’s held since 2008. 

“Vickie has been my most trusted, professional colleague,” Secretary Brown said. “Simply put, there is nobody more prepared to do this job.”

Prior to her tenure at the Justice Cabinet, Wise worked for the Office of the Kentucky Attorney General, where she served as director of the Office of Victims Advocacy; chair by proxy of the Child Sexual Abuse & Exploitation Prevention Board, which administers the Child Victims’ Trust Fund and provides grant funding to regional child sexual abuse prevention programs; and supervised the toll-free Crime Victim Information line and Appellate Notification program.
In addition, she served as director of the General Administration and Support Division, and was an assistant attorney general in the Criminal Appellate Division.
“I’m proud that Secretary Brown has the confidence in me to take on this role, and I’m looking forward to the new challenge,” Wise said.

Wise received her juris doctor from the University of Kentucky, and bachelors’ degrees in political science and economics from Murray State University.



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