(270) 821-8294


Donald E. Carroll
Hopkins County Government Center
56 North Main Street
Madisonville, KY. 42431
(270) 821-8294
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The Judge Executive serves as the Chief Executive/Administrative Officer of the county.  He is a member and presiding officer of the fiscal court. 

Donnie was born and educated in Hopkins County, and has continually been a resident except while serving our county in the Air Force.  His education includes degree work in criminal justice, which was utilized during more than 20 years of experience in law enforcement.  Prior to being elected Hopkins County Judge Executive, he was employed in private industry in the area of transportation safety-compliance and risk management.  Donnie and his wife, Judy, have two children, Chad Carroll and Kristy Heltsley, and granddaughters Victoria and Kaitlyn.  Judge Executive is the third elected office Donnie has held in Hopkins County, having previously served as Sheriff and Jailer. 

Judge Carroll states:  "I believe that if we, as a county, follow our state motto "United we stand; divided we fall" jointly with our cities, we will be able to move Hopkins County forward as an aggressive economic developer which would result in a better economy in Hopkins County."

His duties and missions include the following:

  • Promote full utilization of existing county resources (people, funds, building and land).
  • Support economic development of the entire county.
  • Practice and encourage positive communication within the fiscal court, and with all city and county elected officials.
  • Oversee county roads and prioritize use of road funds based upon need.
  • Utilize coal severance funds effectively throughout the county.
  • Maintain continued accessibility to all citizens.
  • Appoint with Fiscal Court approval, all members to various boards and committees.

Click here to read Judge Carroll's state of the county speech delivered at First Methodist Church on September 2, 2014.

Fiscal Court Personnel

Patricia Wiles, Administrative Assistant to Judge Executive Donnie Carroll

Prior to joining the Judge-Executive’s team Patricia was the Membership and Outreach Director for the Hopkins County Regional Chamber of Commerce. Before that, she was a reporter for The Messenger newspaper where she received several awards from the Kentucky Press Association for her coverage of city governments, business, agriculture, and breaking news. She’s a graduate of Leadership Hopkins County and serves as secretary of the organization. She has served on the Hopkins County-Madisonville Public Library Board of Trustees, the Hopkins County Community Clinic Board of Directors, and the United Way of the Coalfield Board of Directors. Patricia and her husband, Tim, live in Hopkins County. They have three children and nine grandchildren.

Mary Ann Brooks, Member of Hopkins County Judge Executive's Team
Although venturing out of state during her former career with the federal government, she has lived in Madisonville most of her life.  Mary Ann’s education includes a degree from Transylvania University, where she had the distinction of being the oldest freshman on campus.  She is now a resident of Madisonville.  Her immediate family includes her husband, Buddy and two dachshunds, since their children (Roger, Mike, Ashby, and B.W.) are grown and away from home.

Venolia Johnson, County Treasurer
Hopkins County Government Center
56 North Main Street, Madisonville, KY. 42431  |  Phone:  (270) 821-2666

Venolia was born and raised in Madisonville, Kentucky. She left home in 1986 to join the military.  She is a Retired Disabled Air Force Veteran with Desert Shield/Storm and two Operation Iraqi Freedom tours.  She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Accounting and a Master’s degree in Business. She worked in the accounting industry for 20 years, including 11 years for Turner Broadcasting System in Atlanta, Georgia as an Accountant/Finance Analyst. Venolia is the daughter of Adolphus ‘Doc’ Smith and Hartence Smith.  She has a daughter Erica, a son Eriq and one granddaughter Yasmine.  She enjoys traveling, sports, concerts, puzzles and reading.

Tracy Browning, Administrative Assistant to the Treasurer
Tracy Browning was born in Daytona Beach, FL to Jean Ausenbaugh Summers and the late Beau Summers. She is married to Jeff Browning. She has two daughters; Rachael Browning and Melissa Clayton. Tracy has one granddaughter, Sydney. Tracy graduated from Madisonville North Hopkins High School in 1979. She has been employed by Hopkins County Fiscal Court for nine years.