Thursday, 08 22, 2013
Deputy Communications Director
Attorney General Jack Conway today presented the awards for the 2013 Outstanding Commonwealth's and County Attorneys as part of the Kentucky Prosecutors Conference at the Lexington Convention Center. Nearly 700 prosecutors, Commonwealth's and County Attorneys, staff members, as well as law enforcement from across Kentucky are attending the three-day conference sponsored by the Office of the Attorney General and the Prosecutors Advisory Council (PAC).
The recipients of the 2013 Outstanding Commonwealth's Attorney Awards are Laura Donnell, Commonwealth's Attorney for the 53rd Judicial Circuit representing Anderson, Shelby and Spencer counties, and Brent Turner, who serves as Commonwealth's Attorney for the 31st Judicial Circuit representing Floyd County.
When presenting Donnell's award, General Conway said, "Laura is an enormous help to my Office of Special Prosecutions, having accepted five felony appointments as special prosecutor this year alone. I applaud her diligence, dedication to the criminal justice system, and work cracking down on drug dealers and re-offenders within the 53rd Judicial Circuit."
Of Turner, General Conway stated, "Brent is a tremendous asset to the prosecutorial system. His work as special prosecutor resulted in the removal from office of Knott County Judge Executive Randy Thompson following his federal conviction for theft of federal funds and conspiracy. I also appreciate Brent's service as a member of the Executive Board of the Appalachian High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area (HIDTA)."
The recipients of the 2013 Outstanding County Attorney Awards are Jenny Oldham, Hardin County Attorney since January 2011, and Mark Metcalf, who is in his third term as Garrard County Attorney.
"Jenny is committed to cracking down on drunk drivers in her community and across the Commonwealth. Her office consistently has one of the highest DUI conviction rates in Kentucky, reaching 93.5 percent in 2012. She has been a strong advocate for increased fees and penalties for drunk driving offenses and received an Outstanding Service Award from Mothers Against Drunk Driving. Jenny is also a tireless advocate for victims of abuse and neglect. She serves on the Kentucky Child Fatality and Near Fatality Review Panel and has been recognized for her extraordinary work in the prosecution of rape and sexual abuse cases."
Of Metcalf, General Conway stated, "Not only does Mark have one of the highest DUI conviction rates in the Commonwealth, his attention to detail and thorough review of special prosecution cases have made him an exemplary special prosecutor. I would also personally like to thank Mark for his service to our country. He spent a year serving as Garrison Command Judge-Advocate at Victory Base Complex in Baghdad, Iraq with the 149th Brigade from Louisville. Mark's commitment to his community and country are to be applauded."
In concluding his remarks, General Conway thanked all of the members of Kentucky's prosecutorial community who work every day to make our communities safer places to live, work and raise families.
Photos of this year's award winners are available here: