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Law Operations

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The Law Operations Division (LOPS), provides administrative support for the Kentucky Public Advocacy statewide system in order to fulfill the statutory mandate of KRS Chapter 31 of high quality representation of clients. Those duties include providing: caseload data and analysis, fiscal information, professional work environment, technology, recruitment of high quality staff, personnel actions, criminal justice issue analysis, grant application and management, payroll and health benefits, and library information services. The Division works to help defender staff operate efficiently and effectively.​ LOPS addresses all matters involving Human Resources, Information Technology and the Fiscal Brach of the Department of Public Advocacy. 

Jason Cloyd has a Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice and has worked for the Administrative Office of the Courts for 21 years.  For the past decade, he has been the Manager of the Records Division at AOC, overseeing the employees and processes responsible for running criminal records.  In this capacity, Jason has worked with many in DPA over the past few years at expungement events, where he has regularly committed AOC resources after hours and all around the state to give people information about their opportunities to get a clean slate and fresh start through expungement.  Prior to this position in the Records Division, he was a trainer and supervisor for Pretrial Services as a new case management system was implemented.

DEFENDER SERVICES BRANCH: The Defender Services Branch is responsible for providing quality assurance in maintaining the accountability and efficacy of holistic programs within the agency, such as the Alternative Sentencing Worker Program (ASWP). The Branch assists the agency with recruiting, orientation, ongoing training and education, caseload management, and data entry/analysis for the programs it oversees.  Additionally, the Branch works closely with DPA Leadership and collaborates with other agencies within the criminal justice system.​ 

FISCAL BRANCH: The DPA Fiscal Branch is primarily responsible for the administrative support of statewide Public Defender offices in the areas of Budgeting, Accounting, Real Property and Purchasing functions for the agency.  Additionally, the Fiscal staff provides guidance and support for the archiving,  procurement card, fleet programs and travel reimbursements within the Department.  For assistance, the Fiscal Branch can be reached through the helpdesk at​ or by phone at (502) 782-3545.​

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Brian Rogers​, Fiscal Branch Manager, joined The Department of Public Advocacy in October 2013 and has responsibility for all budgeting, accounting, and business functions. Brian is a graduate of the University of Kentucky and Sullivan University.  He has held accounting/auditing positions with the Finance, Transportation, and Labor Cabinets during his career with the Commonwealth.  Brian resides in Georgetown with his family.

HUMAN RESOURCES: The DPA Human Resource Branch is responsible for all overseeing  personnel, payroll, health/life benefits, employee evaluation process, workers compensation, FMLA/Sick Leave Sharing, assisting employees with EEO and ADA inquiries for the agency. For assistance, the Human Resource Branch can be reached through the helpdesk or by phone at (502) 564-5247.​

 Vicki O’Connell transferred to DPA as a Human Resources Administrator. 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.

INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY: The DPA Information Technology Branch is primarily responsible for maintaining the JustWare Case Management System.  The branch also acts as a liaison between DPA and COT, as well as other agencies and vendors, in order to facilitate DPA’s technology needs.  The branch is also instrumental in providing support for meetings, trainings, conferences, and other events hosted by DPA.  For assistance, the Information Technology Branch can be contacted at​

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Scott Richard, Information Technology Branch Manager, originally worked for DPA as a Network Analyst from 2004 until 2007 providing support to DPA field offices east of Frankfort.  He returned to DPA in early 2011 as the Information Systems Manager.  Prior to joining DPA, Scott has worked in secure communications in the USAF, been a Systems Administrator and technology instructor for Honeywell’s engineering academy, and an independent technology contractor working with medical firms and hospitals in eastern Kentucky.  Scott is a graduate of Morehead State University.  Scott and his family currently reside in Frankfort.