Steve Gold County Attorney
Steve Gold serves as the County Attorney in Henderson County, Kentucky. He is responsible for the prosecution of crimes, collection of bad checks, past-due taxes and child support, and he serves as legal advisor to the county’s governing body, the fiscal court. Prior to becoming County Attorney in 2008, Gold maintained a private law practice for ten years and served as First Assistant County Attorney for four of those years. He attended the University of Louisville as an undergraduate and the University of Kentucky College of Law.
Steve was honored with the 2015 Outstanding County Attorney Award by Attorney General Jack Conway. In both 2014 and 2015, the Henderson County Attorney’s Office was given an Outstanding Performance Award from the Kentucky Division of Child Support Enforcement. In 2016, he was elected President of the Kentucky County Attorney’s Association.
With a focus on positive, effective reform of the juvenile justice system, Gold was instrumental in the conception and implementation of a Kentucky Department of Juvenile Justice pilot project which reduced the number of juvenile court petitions in the county by over two-thirds through early intervention, front-loading services to youths and the creation of a Victim-Offender Conferencing (Restorative Justice) Program. In recognition of his work with the successful pilot project, he was asked by the Kentucky County Attorney’s Association to serve on the state legislature’s 2013 Unified Juvenile Code Task Force to recommend state-wide reform to the legislature.
In 2014, the Attorney General nominated Gold to serve as the prosecutorial representative to the Juvenile Justice Oversight Council to oversee the implementation of Senate Bill 200, the Juvenile Justice Reform Bill. At the request of Deputy Chief Justice Mary Noble, Gold served on the Juvenile Court Rules Advisory Committee and, later, the Standing Committee on the Juvenile Court Rules. Gold also serves on the Kentucky Department of Juvenile Justice’s Subcommittee for Equity and Justice for All Youth (SEJAY).
In 2017, Gold was appointed to serve on the Kentucky Bar Association’s (KBA) Future of the Practice of Law Commission. The group has been tasked by the Kentucky Supreme Court and the KBA Board of Governors to create a roadmap to assist attorneys with adapting to the changing landscape of the legal profession while still providing essential legal services to citizens and securing access to justice for all.
Steve is currently a board member of the Kentucky YMCA Youth Association, Inc., the nation’s oldest YMCA teen organization. The group develops engaged citizens and servant leaders, inspired to affect change in their school, community, Commonwealth, nation, and world. Through experiential learning, service, and community activism, the organization fosters critical thinking, leadership, and social responsibility in teens.
As a member of the Kentucky Consumer Advisory Council in 2002-2003, he worked with the Attorney General’s Consumer Protection Division during the implementation of Kentucky’s No-Call List.
In 2005-2006, Gold served president of the Henderson Lion’s Club, an active civic group with nearly 100 members which provides for vision screening of children in local schools and provides eye care for the indigent. Over the years, Gold has served his local community on many other non-profit and civic boards, such as the United Way of Henderson County (Vice-President), the Ohio Valley Art League, the Henderson Tourist Development Corporation.
Gold has served six years as chairman and nearly 20 years on the board of directors of the Henderson Music Preservation Society, Inc., a non-profit corporation which sponsors a “Blues in the Schools” program and the W.C. Handy Blues and Barbecue Festival, one of the largest annual, free blues festivals in the nation.
In 2008 – 2009, he participated in the Delta Leadership Institute, a program of the federal Delta Regional Authority designed to improve life for the residents of 252 counties and parishes in parts of eight states. He is also a graduate of the 2007-2008 class of the Henderson Leadership Initiative.
Gold, his wife, Holly, and his children, Meredith and Nathaniel, attend First Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in Henderson, KY where he serves an elder and trustee.
Nicole Bachman First Assistant County Attorney
Nicole has been an Assistant County Attorney since 2005. She has served as a full time assistant since 2006. She earned a Bachelor of Arts in 1998 from the Pennsylvania State University. Nicole studied law at Widener University School of Law and graduated in 2001. She was admitted to the Pennsylvania Bar in 2002, and the Kentucky Bar in 2003.
Jeff Ellis Assistant County Attorney
Jeff has been an Assistant County Attorney since 2008. He earned a Bachelor of Arts in 1994 from the University of Kentucky. Jeff studied law at the University of Kentucky and graduated in 1998. He was admitted to the Kentucky Bar in 1999, and the Tennessee Bar in 2001. Jeff maintains a private law practice with Foreman & Watson in Owensboro, Kentucky.
Kyle Evans Assistant County Attorney
Kyle has been an Assistant County Attorney since September 2011. He earned a Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration in 2007 from Lindsey Wilson College. Kyle studied law at Florida Coastal School of Law and graduated with honors in May 2010. He was admitted to the Kentucky Bar in October 2010. Kyle has served as the Vice-President of the Henderson County Bar Association.
Ashley Hampton Assistant County Attorney
Ashley has been a full-time Assistant County Attorney since December 2016. She earned a Bachelor of Arts in 2006 from the University of Kentucky. Ashley studied law at Northern Kentucky University, Chase College of Law, and graduated in 2009. She was admitted to the Kentucky Bar in 2009. Before joining the Henderson County Attorney’s Office, Ashley worked for the Department of Public Advocacy for seven years.
Madison Sewell Assistant County Attorney
Madison Sewell has been an Assistant County Attorney since November 2016. He also teaches Criminal Law at Henderson County High School. Before returning to Henderson, Madison worked eight years for the federal government, as a law clerk (Spokane and London), Assistant Federal Defender (Dayton), Assistant United States Attorney (Louisville), and trial attorney for the Department of Justice, Environmental Crimes Section (Washington, DC). He has tried eleven cases in federal court and has argued nine cases before the 6th Circuit Court of Appeals. Madison has a B.A. in mathematics and philosophy from Yale University and a J.D. from Stanford Law School.