Skip to main navigation Skip to main content

News and Public Information


Damon Preston Reappointed Public Advocate

FRANKFORT, Ky. (July 29, 2021) - On the recommendation of the Kentucky Public Advocacy Commission, Governor Andy Beshear has reappointed Damon Preston to serve another four-year term as Kentucky's Public Advocate, the leader of the statewide public defender system and the Department of Public Advocacy (DPA).

Commission Chair Cortney Lollar commented on the reappointment asserting, "Kentucky's public defender program is a highly respected, nationally recognized program that has continued to flourish under Public Advocate Preston. During his four years as Public Advocate, Damon deftly navigated the agency through the uncertain and challenging waters of the COVID-19 pandemic and the beginnings of a racial reckoning following the deaths of Breonna Taylor, George Floyd, and others. He also kept the agency in a fiscally sound position despite the budget challenges facing our state over the past few years."

Read the Full Press Release.


Department of Public Advocacy awarded more than $100,000 for Data Collection, Pilot Program in Hardin County

Funding to address adverse effects of COVID-19 on indigent clients

FRANKFORT, Ky. (Dec. 14, 2020) – The Kentucky Department of Public Advocacy (DPA) has been awarded $102,270 from the U.S. Department of Justice's (USDOJ) Coronavirus Emergency Supplemental Funding Program (CESF) administered by the Kentucky Justice and Public Safety Cabinet to gather pandemic-related data and launch a pilot project in Hardin County.

Read the Full Press Release.