FRANKFORT, Ky. (KT) - Attorney General-elect Daniel Cameron on Wednesday announced the appointment of Amy Burke as assistant deputy attorney general to oversee all criminal justice matters.
Burke currently serves as the Chief Prosecutor for the Kenton County Attorney’s Office, where she specializes in prosecuting cases involving serious injuries to children, dependency abuse and neglect, domestic violence, and sexual assault.
“Amy’s work as a prosecutor has afforded her a unique understanding of the public safety challenges that communities across the Commonwealth face,” Cameron said. “Her strong relationships with law enforcement and local prosecutors will further our commitment to protecting Kentuckians.”
Burke provides training and legal advice to law enforcement and allied professionals including Sexual Assault Nurse Examiners, and Domestic and Other Violence Emergencies nurses, Cabinet for Health and Family Service workers, and Court Appointed Special Advocates volunteers.
“Attorney General-elect Cameron is dedicated to ensuring that the Office of the Attorney General is dedicated to protecting Kentuckians,” said Burke. “I look forward to carrying out his vision and working with our Commonwealth’s Attorneys, County Attorneys, law enforcement agencies, and federal partners.”
Burke began her legal career as a law clerk at the Kenton County Attorney’s Office in 1995 before becoming an Assistant Kenton County Attorney a few years later. Burke has also served as an Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney for the 16th Judicial District in Kenton County, where she prosecuted felony cases ranging from drug crimes and gun violence prosecutions to sexual assaults against children.
Burke has mentored young prosecutors throughout her service to the Commonwealth. She has served as faculty at the National Advocacy Center in Columbia, South Carolina and at the Kentucky Prosecutor’s Institute. Since 2001, she has also served as an adjunct faculty member at Northern Kentucky University in the Department of Criminal Justice Studies.
“Amy has extensive experience in the trenches of Kentucky’s criminal justice system,” said incoming Deputy Attorney General Barry Dunn. “We are excited to put this experience and her relationships to use in doing justice for crime victims.”
Burke graduated from Eastern Kentucky University and the Salmon P. Chase College of Law at Northern Kentucky University. She is a native of Grant County.