, Corbin, KY

April 9, 2012

Former location of child support office questioned

The Times-Tribune


By Becky Killian  Managing Editor

Whitley County Attorney Don Moses has questioned the former location of the child support office, which was located in the McBurney Building, a former church in Corbin in which Moses’ opponent, Bob Hammons, is part owner.

Moses said the child support office used to be located in Williamsburg, but was moved to Corbin when former County Attorney Paul Winchester was elected.

The monthly rent for the child support office was $650 and was paid to the law firm of Hammons and Brittain, Moses said.

“When I saw the location of the child support office, I was appalled,” Moses said, adding that its underground location prevented the staff from seeing outside and that it was “damp and moldy.”

“It reminded me of a dungeon,” Moses said.

The office’s staff also complained it was difficult to interact with the sheriff’s department and constables in order to get paperwork served, Moses said.

Moses, who said there is no reason for the office to be located in Corbin, moved the office to Williamsburg after his appointment as county attorney. The office is now located on Main Street and Moses said the rent is $500 a month and that he has no ownership interest in the building.

Hammons said he intends to maintain offices in both cities if he is elected.

“I think it makes it more accessible,” Hammons said, adding that people can go the city nearest them to visit the county attorney’s office.

Hammons, who denied Moses’ implication that the rental of an office at a building in which he had an ownership interest was unethical, said the state approved the location and paid for the rent.

Graham Trimble, who is also running for county attorney, said he would keep the child support office in Williamsburg if he is elected.

Calls to Winchester’s office seeking comment were not returned.