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Attila Bodi, Finance and Administration

Attila Bodi


Revenue/Miscellaneous/Sales and Excise
Revenue Auditor

 



 

 

 

I love when I can help a taxpayer resolve their issues in a timely fashion!

 

 

 

Tell us about your role in this position. What does your work entail?

I conduct cigarette and tobacco product audits. I review cigarette and tobacco license applications. I assist taxpayers with cigarette and tobacco product return filing issues and/or questions. I provide assistance with audits. I also conduct taxpayer conferences to resolve issues.

 

What do you like best about your work? 

I love when I can help a taxpayer resolving their cigarette and tobacco product related issues in a timely fashion so they can keep on going with their everyday business activities.

 

Do you have a memorable work experience or event you can share with us?

During license application time a CPA needed help with the companies he was doing the license applications for. I tried to find answers to his questions for his license application. He was very grateful and pleased with the service he received. Made me feel good!

 

What do you like to do when you're not working? Hobbies?

I like outdoor activities. I love running with my dogs in the park. I love doing minor repairs on my cars. I enjoy mowing the lawn on a nice sunny day.

 

Barbara Borden, Public Protection Cabinet

Barbara Borden

Kentucky Horse Racing Commission
Chief State Steward

 



 

 

Just when I anticipate a quiet, uneventful day, something unexpected happens and we may have to open the rulebook to make a determination!

 

 

 

Tell us about your role in this position. What does your work entail?

The Board of Stewards is responsible for resolving disputes, protests, objections and complaints that arise during a race. I am the Chief Steward and work with two other stewards. We interpret and enforce state regulations that relate to all racing matters; order investigations and conduct hearings on alleged violations of those regulations, and issue rulings on the matters. And, we officiate all live races conducted at the five thoroughbred racetracks throughout the Commonwealth.

 

What do you like best about your work? 

No two days are the same…just when I anticipate a quiet, uneventful day, something unexpected happens and we may have to open the rulebook to make a determination! I deal with all different types of people throughout the day, fellow racing officials, KHRC staff, racetrack management and horsemen, all with different personalities. That can sometimes be challenging, often enjoyable, and the bonus is being involved in racing and around horses every day!

 

Do you have a memorable work experience or event you can share with us?

There are many, but my first Kentucky Derby as Chief State Steward in 2012 was quite memorable, even though I have been a licensed racing official in Kentucky for over 30 years. Also, working in this position for the first Breeders’ Cup ever held at Keeneland in 2015, and witnessing American Pharoah - the first Triple Crown winner in 37 years – win the Breeders’ Cup Classic there, making history!

 

What do you like to do when you're not working? Hobbies?

I enjoy music, home improvement projects, gardening, racquetball, my pets and work with horse rescue groups.

 

David Clem, Justice & Public Safety

David Clem

Kentucky State Police Central Forensic Laboratory
Forensic Scientist Specialist II

 



“what is this substance?”

Over the years answers have ranged from simple non-toxic household products to dangerous poisons placed by individuals intending to harm someone.

 

 

 

Tell us about your role in this position. What does your work entail?

I work in the Trace Evidence Section which analyzes physical evidence such as hair, fibers, paint, gunshot residue, arson, glass, fracture matches, general chemical unknowns, and anything else that isn’t drugs, DNA, or firearms. The position requires continuous research, improvement, and scrutiny of our methods in order to provide the best scientific and technical services possible. At the Kentucky State Police Forensic Laboratory we accept evidence and provide expert testimony to police agencies, prosecutors, and public defenders in all 120 counties in Kentucky. In addition to analyzing evidence and testifying in court, we also provide technical training to law enforcement agencies to help them stay abreast of the most effective evidence collection techniques. We are also expected to operate, repair, and calibrate the advanced instrumentation in our laboratories.

 

What do you like best about your work? 

Working in a laboratory where quality is prized over speed is rewarding. This job is for thinkers and the detail oriented. Recognition comes not from the outcome of an examination but instead from the data and validated scientific methods that you used to arrive at that outcome. I also enjoy the challenge of some cases, especially general chemical unknown cases where an officer is asking “what is this substance?” Over the years answers have ranged from simple non-toxic household products to dangerous poisons placed by individuals intending to harm someone. I also enjoy getting to visit different areas of Kentucky as part of my job. I have currently testified in twenty-two different counties and have traveled through many more. Finally, it is a tremendous honor to work for the Kentucky State Police, which has a long tradition of dedicated service to the people of Kentucky.

 

Do you have a memorable work experience or event you can share with us?

Many experiences will remain with me for a long time but none as much as participating in a mock trial. Though it was ten years ago, I will never forget the sheer terror I felt. For a mock trial you are given a practice case prepared by your fellow analysts. After working the case you are expected to testify in front of a judge, prosecutor, defense attorney, jury, and audience entirely made up of your fellow analysts! There is nothing that can prepare you more for your job than being thoroughly scrutinized in front of fellow employees with literally hundreds of years of collective forensic experience.

 

What do you like to do when you're not working? Hobbies?

My favorite thing to do is to spend time with my wife, Dana, and my two sons, Colin and Grayson. We enjoy fishing, camping, family movie nights, and long Saturdays at the baseball field.

 

Chalynn Comage, Public Protection Cabinet

Chalynn Comage

 

Department of Financial Institutions
Division of Securities, Enforcement Branch
Financial Institutions Examiner

 

 

It is an honor knowing that my investigative work protects people from being a victim of securities fraud.

 

 

Tell us about your role in this position. What does your work entail?

I investigate alleged securities fraud cases and other securities-related activities that are in violation of the Securities Act of Kentucky. Some of the duties that I perform include receiving complaints, conducting interviews, issuing subpoenas, and preparing an investigation report that encompasses the evidence in the case. I also work with law enforcement agencies and securities investigators in other states.

 

What do you like best about your work? 

I am surrounded by employees and supervisors that have the same objective in mind, which is to protect the financial interests of Kentucky residents. It is an honor knowing that my investigative work protects people from being a victim of securities fraud.

 

Do you have a memorable work experience or event you can share with us?

I received a complaint from a gentleman that was a victim of securities fraud. He wanted to file a complaint with our office so other individuals would not invest with this particular company, but he was also embarrassed that he was a victim. I explained to him that he is not the first person, and unfortunately not the last person, to believe that his money was being invested in a legitimate product. I praised him for having the courage to tell his story because some people choose to remain silent after realizing that they are a victim of a scam.

 

What do you like to do when you're not working? Hobbies?

I don't consider it a hobby, but I enjoy baking. There is nothing like the sweet aroma of brown sugar and undeniable spices that fill every room of the house. Baking is truly an expression of love.

 

Loretta Fowler, Transportation Cabinet

Loretta Fowler

Vehicle Regulation
Motor Vehicle Licensing Title Branch
Branch Manager

 

 

 

I like helping people. I also like working with my co-workers, we have a lot of dedicated employees that are willing to go above and beyond to serve our customers. I am proud to be on their team.

 

 

Tell us about your role in this position. What does your work entail?

I oversee the processing of vehicle and boat title applications. Each year we approve and print nearly 1.5 million title applications. These applications are submitted from the general public through 120 county clerks’ offices. I work with the general public, county clerks, attorneys, state police, and courts to resolve title issues. I am one of the trainers for the Kentucky Sheriff Inspection Program, in conjunction with Kentucky State Police. We certify or re-certify approximately 550 inspectors each year. The sheriff’s offices inspect vehicles coming into Kentucky from another state, prior to titling. I also work with other agencies such as the National Motor Vehicle Titling Information System (NMVTIS), the National Crime Information Center (NCIC), National Information Crime Bureau (NICB), and worked with the Kentucky Vehicle Automated Information System (KAVIS) team to help create a new vehicle titling program. I also work on projects to make our work more productive without sacrificing the quality. I work reports, supervise employees, and many other duties.

 

What do you like best about your work? 

I like helping people. I also like working with my co-workers, we have a lot of dedicated employees that are willing to go above and beyond to serve our customers. I am proud to be on their team.

 

Do you have a memorable work experience or event you can share with us?

In 2006, my Director, Ms. Betty Redd, called me into her office and asked me if I would make application for the Advanced Leadership Academy, a two-year training program offered by the Transportation Cabinet. After thinking about it, I decided to apply. I was amazed that I was accepted. We learned a lot of great management tools from speakers throughout the cabinet. It was a lot of fun, and a lot of work. I am a graduate of the 2008 ALA class. The ALA program is a wonderful program. I would like to challenge others to apply for this program. It will help you with your career.

 

What do you like to do when you're not working? Hobbies?

I enjoy spending time with my three grandchildren. I have always liked to bake cakes, cookies, etc. I like to take a recipe apart and re-create it. I also serve on a bake and take cookie team at Shelby Christian Church. Some of us bake cookies (that’s my part), and someone from our team delivers them to first-time visitors. I enjoy gardening and working with flowers.

 

Chad Harlan, Public Protection Cabinet

Chad Harlan

Department of Financial Institutions
Division of Nondepository Institutions/Consumer Protection Branch
Consumer Protection Branch Manager

 

 


 

The testimony of those victims reminds me of why I choose this career.

 

 

Tell us about your role in this position. What does your work entail?

I supervise a group of examiners that assist consumers in the Commonwealth with concerns regarding financial institutions. Our branch reviews those concerns and ensures that the consumers' money is being handled in accordance with the laws of Kentucky.

 

What do you like best about your work? 

I get to help protect and educate Kentucky's citizens.

 

Do you have a memorable work experience or event you can share with us?

My most memorable work experiences have been the opportunities I have had to assist both state and federal law enforcement agencies to prosecute individuals who have stolen from investors. The testimony of those victims reminds me of why I choose this career.

 

What do you like to do when you're not working? Hobbies?

When I am not working I enjoy scuba diving, shooting sports, and crossfit.

 

Stephanie Salchli Hukill, Transportation Cabinet

   Stephanie Salchli Hukill

Office of Human Resource Management
Division of Personnel Administration
Human Resource Branch Manager

 



 

I enjoy hiking, gardening, reading, obsessively watching Parks and Rec reruns and cat memes. The usual.

 

 

Tell us about your role in this position. What does your work entail?

I work with employees and supervisors Cabinet-wide in regards to personnel requests, payroll, and benefits administration.

 

What do you like best about your work? 

The people. Each day I get the privilege to work for and with intelligent, passionate, and highly skilled people to solve problems and promote Cabinet missions.

 

Do you have a memorable work experience or event you can share with us?

Each day in Personnel Administration with KYTC is most definitely memorable.

 

What do you like to do when you're not working? Hobbies?

When am I not working?! I enjoy hiking, gardening, reading, obsessively watching Parks and Rec reruns and cat memes. The usual.

Garry Hurst, Transportation Cabinet

   Garry Hurst

Highways/District 8 Maintenance Rockcastle County
Maintenance Superintendent 2

 


 

During the winter of 2016 when I 75 in Rockcastle County was closed due to nearly 2 foot of snow, my crew and I worked around the clock to restore traffic flow on the interstate.

 

 

Tell us about your role in this position. What does your work entail?

Supervise Rockcastle maintenance crew and assign daily work activities to crew while working within a yearly maintenance budget. I respond to citizen's concerns and needed emergency repairs. Review roadway conditions, determine repair needs and methods, and prioritizes projects.

 

What do you like best about your work? 

I supervise a good crew that I enjoy working with and I get to serve a community that I grew up in.

 

Do you have a memorable work experience or event you can share with us?

The winter of 2016 when I 75 in Rockcastle County was closed due to nearly 2 foot of snow. My crew and I worked around the clock to restore traffic flow on the interstate.

 

What do you like to do when you're not working? Hobbies?

I run a family farm along with my two brothers running beef cattle and row crops. I collect tractors and enjoy spending time with my wife and grandkids.

 

 

Chris Lambert, Transportation Cabinet

   Chris Lambert

Maintenance / Intelligent Transportation Systems
Systems Consultant, IT

 

 

 

 

Spending several days in Paris, France for a conference and speaking at the Google Headquarters there has to be the highlight of my career so far. I could have never imagined that.

 

 

 

Tell us about your role in this position. What does your work entail?

I'm the technology lead for KYTC's Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS). ITS primarily deals with managing real-time data to improve the safety and efficiency of our roadway network. My part of ITS is to develop partnerships, technology, and solutions based on the needs of KYTC. That includes managing our public-private-partnership with Waze (www.waze.com), which is the leading crowd sourcing navigation app in the world. We’ve also implemented new open source technology capable of processing millions of additional records per day than we previously thought possible. And finally, I’m also very busy developing solutions that will help manage our statewide Snow and Ice Operations, assist with Kentucky Emergency Operations, and monitor active work zones.

 

What do you like best about your work? 

One of the most exciting developments over the last few years has been the Waze partnership. Kentucky was an early adopter of the Waze partnership and building out use cases for the data. That leadership has resulted in me being able to share our experience with other state DOTs. I truly enjoy working with other people from a variety of backgrounds so this has been really exciting. I’ve also had the unbelievable honor of representing Kentucky at conferences ranging from local and state meetings to events in Mountain View, California; Paris, France; Montreal, Canada; New York, New York; and now Buenos Aires, Argentina. It’s very humbling for me to be speaking at those events with such brilliant people.

 

Do you have a memorable work experience or event you can share with us?

Spending several days in Paris, France for a conference and speaking at the Google Headquarters there has to be the highlight of my career so far. I could have never imagined that.

 

What do you like to do when you're not working? Hobbies?

I’m actually very obsessed over stock trading. It’s a hobby that I took up with my dad when I was younger. I can’t claim to make any money at it but I enjoy the ups and downs. My wife and I also enjoy working with and supporting non-profits. We’re hoping to start one after I retire. I currently serve on the board of LexCare, which issues cash grants to people in need and then I’ve also been involved with poverty relief projects in Honduras over the last 27 years. And then, oddly enough, my activities in the Waze community has resulted in the attention of a venture capital group, Neighborhood Start Fund, and they have talked with me about investing in technology startups in Eastern Kentucky, which is where I’m from.

 

 

G. Mitchell “Mitch” Mattingly, Kentucky Claims Commission

   Mich Mattingly

Staff Attorney III

 

 

 

 

Besides finding a snake in my office one day years ago (no lawyer joke or pun intended), and yes we have first class office space, there are too many [memorable work experiences] to mention just one.

 

 

 

Tell us about your role in this position. What does your work entail?

My primary role obviously is as a legal advisor to staff, the executive staff, and commission members on a myriad of issues. It could be a question relating to a crime victim’s compensation claim investigation, a small claims negligence case against the Commonwealth, a case before one of the commission’s hearing officers, or whether a sexual assault examination expense should be awarded to a medical provider. I serve as a hearing officer for the commission on negligence cases against the Commonwealth. I also represent the commission in judicial appeals of crime victim’s compensation denials, or subrogation cases, some collections issues and even the occasional negligence case appeal, etc.

 

What do you like best about your work? 

As you can see there are quite a variety of potential issues, whether it’s a procedural issue or unique fact pattern others in my profession don’t experience often.

 

Do you have a memorable work experience or event you can share with us?

Besides finding a snake in my office one day years ago (no lawyer joke or pun intended), and yes we have first class office space, there are too many [memorable work experiences] to mention just one. There have been many cases that have gotten media attention, some tested the scope of the agency’s jurisdictional authority or involved a gruesomely violent criminal act, but none of them involve storybook endings. Other than that, case related experiences and this recognition, serving as acting executive director three times over the period of time I’ve worked here, and being presented the Governor’s Ambassador Award back in 2009 are things about which I’m most proud. There are times we don’t get it right, but we do the best we can.

 

What do you like to do when you're not working? Hobbies?

Besides hanging out with my wife of 24 years, along with our 2 boys, I have spent the past 13 years as a youth sports coach, which currently means I’m coaching youth soccer and middle school baseball.
Hobbies? I used to have hobbies. Golf, watching sports, and traveling are what I like most.

 

 

Linda J. McDanell, Public Protection Cabinet

   Linda J. McDanell

Dept of Charitable Gaming/Legal Division
Administrative Specialist III

 



 

While it may sound strange to most people, I like always having something to do; there is no idle time. I love coming to work and these people have become my second family. My role in the agency has a real purpose.

 

 

Tell us about your role in this position. What does your work entail?

Responsible for day-to-day administrative functions of the Office of General Counsel, preparing and drafting complaints, briefs, correspondence, pleadings as well as coordinating the scheduling of hearings and appointments, maintaining litigation and regulation files. Also responsible for maintaining litigation and enforcement statistics used in the Department.

 

What do you like best about your work? 

While it may sound strange to most people, I like always having something to do; there is no idle time and I know I have another task to work on when the current one is complete. I love coming to work and these people have become my second family. My role in the agency has a real purpose.

 

What do you like to do when you're not working? Hobbies?

My husband (of 42 years) and I have two grandchildren with a third on the way; we are actively involved in our church and I volunteer with Samaritan's Purse and oversee a team of 30 volunteers covering a nine-county area in Northern Kentucky.

 

Raymond T. Shields, Public Protection Cabinet

   Raymond T. Shields

Kentucky Claims Commission
Crime Victims Compensation Clerk/Claims Investigator

 

 



 

Above all, I love that I am able to help provide what I feel is a vital service to our fellow Kentuckians!

 

 

Tell us about your role in this position. What does your work entail?

As CVC clerk, my duties include: the drafting of our commission's legal documents as they pertain to CVC claims (recommended/final findings of fact, conclusions of law, and orders, abeyance orders, emergency award orders, additional award orders, etc.); conducting general agency case management from intake through the issuance of payments on claims; assembling our commission's agenda for its monthly meetings and taking minutes of those meetings; and, providing case assistance to our staff attorney for claims appealed to Franklin Circuit Court.
As a claims investigator, I conduct investigations into CVC claims in order to assist our commission in determining suitability for the receipt of benefits under KRS chapter 49. Some of the tasks I undertake to this effect include: consultation with law enforcement and county/commonwealth's attorneys, consultations with medical examiners in homicide cases, consultation with service providers, and obtaining medical records when needed. I also investigate claims and draft our commission's legal documents (findings of fact, opinion, and orders) as it pertains to negligence lawsuits filed against the Commonwealth where the amount in controversy is less than $2,500. This involves the analysis of a particular fact situation and applying those facts to the elements of a negligence action in order to determine whether the Commonwealth's actions (or lack thereof) were negligent given the particular fact situation.

 

What do you like best about your work? 

Above all, I love that I am able to help provide what I feel is a vital service to our fellow Kentuckians! Being the victim of a violent crime is certainly traumatizing in and of itself. However, having the constant reminder of being indebted for medical, funeral, or mental health counseling expenses as a direct result of that violent crime can continually re-traumatize a crime victim. Our agency is able to potentially alleviate that burden for our claimant and/or victims. I feel that our agency also provides a vital service to our fellow Kentuckians as it pertains to situations where an individual's person or property is damaged due to negligence on behalf of the Commonwealth. Being in a position to provide an impartial review of a suit filed against the Commonwealth (and to make a determination on claims where the amount in controversy is under $2,500) carries a great deal of responsibility and is something that I take seriously.

 

Do you have a memorable work experience or event you can share with us

I think the most memorable events that I have been a part of have simply been compliments that I have personally received (and by extension our agency) by several of our claimants. Being able to finally allow a grieving family to obtain closure over the tragic murder of a loved one, allowing a family to be able to put food on the table for their children, or being able to prevent someone from having their residence foreclosed really gives me a sense of gratitude for the opportunity that I have been given with our agency.

What do you like to do when you're not working? Hobbies?

I serve on the Board of the Kentucky Fried Sisters, Inc., which is a 501c3 nonprofit organization dedicated to social activism within the Greater Lexington/Bluegrass region for members of the LGBTQ+ community. I also serve on the Kentucky Building Bridges Initiative Committee. The Kentucky BBI seeks to promote practice and policy to improve the lives of youth and their families by developing close partnerships with families, youth, community and residential-based treatment service providers, advocates, and policy makers so that mental health services and supports are available to troubled youth and their families. As a former foster youth myself, I provide a first-hand perspective into the system and can provide unique insights as to how these systems currently work well and where there is room for improvement. I am a voracious reader and enjoy reading in a wide range of genres. Some of my favorite authors include Stephen King, Jack Higgins, Michael Jan Friedman (Star Trek series), Diane Carey (Star Trek series), and Tom Clancy. I'm also an avid animal lover. My fiancé and I currently have five cats, all of whom are either tabbies or Maine Coon/tabby mixes: Nixon, Giuliani, Rehnquist, Finnegan, and Eisenhower (a/k/a Ike). These five are my children!

 

Kentucky Public Service Commission

      Consumer Services Branch

Consumer Services Branch

 

 

 


  

From Left to Right – Susan Dunn, Rosemary Tutt, Branch Manager and Carol Cummins

 

 

The Consumer Services Branch is the Kentucky Public Service Commission’s primary point of contact with the public, particularly utility customers throughout the Commonwealth. Its three staff members answer more than 40 customer calls every day in addition to receiving and responding to inquiries by email and through the PSC website. While their principal duty is to assist customers in resolving disputes with utilities, the Consumer Services staff also answers general questions, directs ratepayers to other sources of information or assistance, helps the Commission identify emerging problems by tracking customer complaints, and addresses concerns of legislators and their staff. In 2017, the Consumer Services Branch investigated 3,122 customer complaints – an average of over 12 complaints per work day. As a result of those investigations, customers in Kentucky received a total of $197,491 in refunds, savings, and credits on their utility bills. Often dealing with difficult situations and unhappy customers, the Consumer Services Branch serves the citizens of the Commonwealth with unmatched patience and politeness day in and day out, and its record of helping customers and utilities resolve their disputes speaks for itself.

 

 

Kentucky Public Commission

      Division of Inspections

 

Division of Inspections

 

 

 

From Left to Right – John Park, Brian Rice, Bill Aitken, David Nash, Melissa Holbrook, Eddie Sloan, James Rice, John Lyons, Deputy Executive & Division Director and Jason Whisman Those not available for photo – Erin Donges, Jeff Moore, Scott Morris, Mike Nantz and Steve Kingsolver

 

 

The Kentucky Public Service Commission’s Division of Inspections was restructured in 2016 to place a greater emphasis on insuring that utilities in Kentucky provide safe and reliable service to customers throughout the Commonwealth. The division conducts safety inspections of electric, natural gas, water and sewer utilities, prioritizing those with a history of service issues. Under a cooperative agreement with the federal government, the division is responsible for safety regulation of natural gas service providers in Kentucky. Inspectors also investigate accidents, seeking to determine whether the failure to adhere to applicable safety standards caused or contributed to the accident. The division can – and does – recommend that the PSC pursue legal action when safety rules have been violated. In 2017, division staff conducted more than 500 inspections and investigated 22 serious accidents involving death, injury or substantial property damage. In 2018, the division will take on added duties as it assumes responsibility for enforcement of Kentucky’s call-before-you-dig statute with respect to natural gas pipelines. This dedicated group of professionals works tirelessly to help ensure the safety of Kentucky residents.