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Traci Hancock Named DPA’s Eastern Regional Manager

Longtime Pikeville Directing Attorney Traci Hancock has been appointed Eastern Regional Manager for DPA, covering the geographic area from Pike and Martin Counties to Whitley and Laurel Counties.  She will be oversee six DPA offices – Bell County (Pineville), London, Harlan, Hazard, Pikeville, and Prestonsburg.

From Glenda Edwards, Trial Division Director: 
Traci grew up in Pikeville, and she went away long enough to receive a Bachelor’s degree in psychology from Morehead State University and her Juris Doctorate from the University of Tennessee in Knoxville.  Of her time at UT, Traci says the best thing about UT was meeting her wonderful husband, Wayne, and the worst thing about UT was hearing Rocky Top 5 million times a day.  Traci and Wayne have two children – Trey, 12 years old, and Harper, 4 years old.  The family has two dogs and two cats.  Traci hates clowns—seriously hates clowns-- and loves the Kentucky Wildcats and anything Hello Kitty.   Traci came back to Pikeville and began work with DPA in August of 2000 as a staff attorney and juvenile specialist.  The Public Advocate awarded her the In Re Gault in 2004.  In January of 2006, she became Directing Attorney of the Pikeville Office.  Along the way, she has worked hard to shut down a secret drug court and stop such practices as taking all kids to detention if cited for a drug offense.  Traci has represented clients at all stages—status offense cases to capital murder.  Traci is a member of KBA, KACDL, and Pikeville Rotary Club.  

Traci replaces Roger Gibbs, who retired after almost twenty years as the regional manager.