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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.


Vicki O'Connell Appointed Human Resources Branch Manager

The Public Advocate is pleased to announce that Vicki O’Connell has been appointed as Human Resources Branch Manager for Law Operations.  She is currently a Human Resources Administrator with DPA. Her expertise is in personnel and payroll. Since her employment with DPA she has gained knowledge in Health Insurance, Sick Leave, Workers’ Comp, and Family Medical Leave as well as understanding the vital services provided by DPA to the Commonwealth.  Vicki started with the Commonwealth of Kentucky in 2007 with the Cabinet for Health and Family Services. Before working for the Commonwealth she was part of the Top Management Team with McDonald’s Restaurants in Frankfort, Versailles and Lexington where she was employed as Marketing Director. Vicki has lived in Frankfort her entire life where she enjoys her kids and grandkids.


Jennifer Wittmeyer Appointed Central Regional Manager

The Public Advocate is pleased to announce that Jennifer Wittmeyer has been appointed as the new Central Regional 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.   Jennifer grew up on a vegetable farm in southern Ohio but is now proud to call Louisville home and lives there with her son, Brycen, and their two dogs, Peanut and Jello.