“We’ve had a steady flow of traffic in and out of the front doors of this office,” Braboy said. “And we tried one (case) on Friday last week … a case from May of last year, the trial was set for August of last year.”
People have been coming in for a number of reasons, from child support assistance to assistance with criminal complaints to simple inquiries.
Braboy started his work as the new county attorney on Monday, Jan. 3, which was when he moved into his new office at the Trigg County Courthouse, but before that was a defense attorney in Cadiz for many years.
Braboy also attended his first Trigg County Fiscal Court meeting as county attorney on Monday, Jan. 3, and his second one yesterday evening. One of the duties of the county attorney is to advise the fiscal court on legal and procedural matters.
Before officially becoming the new county attorney, Braboy trained for his new position by attending the Kentucky Association of Counties (KACo) conference in Louisville, the New Prosecutors Conference in Bowling Green and a conference for newly elected public officials in Louisville, he said.
Braboy said that although his old position and his new one are fairly different in many ways, he has enjoyed the experience so far.
“So far, I’m enjoying it, I’ve always enjoyed learning new things, and certainly there are aspects to being a prosecutor that give me an opportunity to learn new things,” Braboy said. “I’m sitting on the opposite side of the courtroom, hearing the alleged victims’ side of the story first, and there’s two sides to every story, of course.”
The new county attorney said he’s also been more involved with child support, which he called a “volume practice.” He said that when he was a private practice attorney, child support was often part of divorce cases, but divorce cases make up only a fraction of the child support cases he now works on.
The state’s Cabinet for Health and Family Services funds his office’s work in the area of child support, Braboy added.
In the November general election last year, Braboy received 3,822 votes, while H.B. Quinn, who had held the office for 25 years, received 1,238 votes. Braboy had defeated Quinn in the May primary, but Quinn ran in the general election as a write-in candidate.
Quinn could not be reached for comment at press time.