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Cheyla Bush Named DPA’s First DEI Director​

The Department of Public Advocacy (DPA) is dedicated to equal and fair treatment both in the legal system and in its own workplace.  Toward this end, DPA has named public defender Cheyla Bush as its first Director of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion.

Cheyla earned a degree in psychology and her law degree both from the University of Louisville.  Since joining DPA in 2015, she has served as a staff attorney in the LaGrange, Shelbyville, and Frankfort trial offices.  She has been active in DPA efforts to recruit an excellent and diverse workforce, representing DPA at job fairs throughout the country.  Cheyla brings a wealth of experience to this role. Read more.


Jennifer Wittmeyer Appointed Conflict Region Manager

Jennifer Wittmeyer has been appointed as the new Conflict Region Manager.  Jennifer graduated Cum Laude from George Mason School of Law in Arlington, Virginia and received her undergraduate degree from Alice Lloyd College in Pippa Passes, Kentucky. While living in Washington, D.C., Jennifer worked for both the Nuclear Regulatory Commission and the Department of Justice.  Jennifer began her career as a public defender with the Louisville Metro Public Defender and joined DPA as a Staff Attorney in the Cynthiana Trial office in 2007.  Jennifer became the Directing Attorney in Cynthiana and worked in that position for two years before becoming the Directing Attorney in the Bullitt County trial office in 2012. In September 2020, Jennifer was promoted to Central Region Manager


Mark Mantooth Appointed Stanton Directing Attorney

The Public Advocate is pleased to announce that Mark Mantooth has been appointed as the Directing Attorney of the Stanton Trial Office. Mark grew up in Morehead and taught high school English and journalism before earning his law degree. He is an alumnus of Samford University, Morehead State University, and Loyola University New Orleans College of Law. He started in the Stanton office in 2014 and, after a brief hiatus from DPA, has spent the last year and a half in the Morehead office. ​