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
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 and 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 WC. Handy Blues and Barbecue Festival, one of the largest
annual, free blues festivals in the nation.
In 2008 and 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
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.