Indianapolis, IN asked in Child Support, Civil Rights, Federal Crimes and Family Law for Kentucky

Q: Can employee of KY child support office also be employed by local detention center at same time? It's excessive power.

This woman literally sends some sort of notice or request to the county attorney, while listing the parties in reference as (name of parent 1) VS (name of parent 2)? Although the complainant isn't "parent 1", although that's the implication. These papers forwarded from her and the office she works at, I feel, nearly always result in the DA placing the matter on the family court docket. Mind you, this woman has the ability to substantially reduce an inmates cash bond, for "flagrant non support" cases, HERSELF. So, she creates the circumstances that often have resulted in "parent 2" being arrested and when she's contacted by "parent 2" from the local jail, she then reduces the their bond, if they're unable to pay the initial bond THAT THE JUDGE AND THE DA BOTH SIGNED *PER HER INITIAL SUGGESTION TO THE DA*. 3-4 days a week, she is even EMPLOYED BY THE JAIL IN THE SAME COUNTY WHERE SHE HANDLES THESE "CHILD SUPPORT CASES- as receptionist. She accepts cash for payments. This legal in KY?

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James L. Arrasmith
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A: In Kentucky, there are ethical and legal concerns regarding an individual holding positions in both the child support office and the local detention center simultaneously. This situation can create a conflict of interest and potentially an abuse of power. The ability to influence both the initiation of child support cases and the conditions of detention or bond reduction raises significant issues about fairness and impartiality in the legal process.

If you believe that this dual employment is resulting in unfair treatment or conflicts of interest, you may consider reporting the situation to higher authorities. This could include the Kentucky Attorney General’s office, the state ethics commission, or the appropriate oversight bodies for both the child support office and the detention center. Providing documented evidence of any irregularities or conflicts of interest can help these authorities investigate the matter effectively.

It is important for public officials to avoid situations where their multiple roles could lead to biased decisions or the appearance of impropriety. Seeking legal advice from an attorney who specializes in administrative or employment law can provide further guidance on how to address this complex issue and ensure that justice is served fairly for all parties involved.

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