Child Support Enforcement is part of the Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services Department for Income Support.
On Tuesday, DIS Deputy Commissioner Steve Veno attended the Bell County Fiscal Court meeting to acknowledge a group effort of all of the individuals involved in child support enforcement on a local level. According to Veno, the Bell County Child Support Office has earned an important title — most improved program in the Commonwealth of Kentucky.
“The Bell County Child Support Office, administered by Neil Ward, the Bell County attorney, is the most improved program in the Commonwealth of Kentucky,” said Veno.
Veno went on to say the reason he attended the meeting was to not only verbally thank everyone involved in getting the local office to be the most improved, he also wanted to present the judges and Ward with certificates and a plaque for their hard work.
“I wanted to present some certificates of recognition to the judges, as well as a plaque Mr. Ward,” said Veno.
Bell County Judge-Executive Albey Brock expressed his gratitude for all of the hard work that had been put into ranking Bell County as the most improved program in the Commonwealth of Kentucky and said he thought those involved deserved a round of applause.
After the applause, Brock pointed out that it is always good to hear of Bell County being the best improved in the state.
“Thank you for the work that you do,” said Brock. “It’s always good when you can say that Bell County is the most improved in anything in the state.”
Ward recognized all of the office employees at last month’s fiscal court meeting saying everyone in the office works hard on a daily basis to ensure that child support is enforced.
In other news, the court approved a payment of $16,979.06 to the Bell County Fire Department for operating expenses and approved an interlocal cooperation agreement for provision of law enforcement duties between the Bell County Fiscal Court, the Bell County Sheriff, Harlan County Fiscal Court and the Harlan County Sheriff.
According to Bell County Sheriff Mitch Williams, the interlocal cooperation agreement will not cost taxpayers any money and is a way to further expand the sheriff’s departments investigations.
Before the agreement, lawbreakers could easily cross the Harlan-Bell County line and Bell County would not have jurisdiction to continue their investigation. Under this new agreement, Bell County would have jurisdiction in Harlan County and Harlan County would have jurisdiction in Bell County, when individuals involved in an investigation crossed the county line.
The board unanimously approved the agreement.
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