(270) 821-8294


Jack Whitfield Judge Executive 2019

Jack Whitfield, Jr.
Hopkins County Government Center
56 North Main Street
Madisonville, KY. 42431
(270) 821-8294
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Judge-Executive Jack Whitfield, Jr. is an Air Force veteran, former coal miner, and entrepreneur. He served as Fourth District Magistrate before being elected Judge-Executive in 2018. He has two grown sons, and is the owner of Melody Lanes in Madisonville.

The Judge Executive serves as the Chief Executive/Administrative Officer of the county.  He is a member and presiding officer of the fiscal court. 

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.

Fiscal Court Personnel

Laura Harvey, Executive Assistant to Judge-Executive Jack Whitfield, Jr.

Laura Harvey is a lifelong Hopkins County resident, 1998 graduate of Hopkins County Central High School and 2007 graduate of the University of Southern Indiana’s School of Liberal Arts. Prior to serving as Executive Assistant, Laura was Hopkins County Tax Administrator and also worked as a reporter for The Messenger newspaper, covering local government, human interest and education with an emphasis on the county’s south side. Laura is a member of the Madisonville Area Running Club and lives in Earlington with her husband, Andrew and daughter, Valerie.

Hannah Morris, Reception

Hannah Morris was born in Arizona, 2019 high school graduate and 2022 graduate of MCC with an associate’s degree in Criminal Justice. Whilst in college, she received the Outstanding Student for Criminal Justice award and joined the Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society. Prior to serving at Hopkins County Fiscal Court, Hannah worked at Brother’s Bar-B-Que for four years, three of those years as the owner’s administrative assistant. She is also a member of the Madisonville Citizen’s Police Unit.

Tracy Browning, Treasurer

Tracy Browning was born in Daytona Beach, Florida to Jean Ausenbaugh Summers and the late John Beau Summers. She is married to Jeff Browning. She has two daughters, Rachael Browning and Melissa Tabor, and 4 grandchildren, Sydney, Noah, Ezekiel and Isaiah. Tracy graduated from Madisonville North Hopkins High School in 1979. She has been employed with Hopkins County Fiscal Court for over 20 years.

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

 Madonna Priest, Human Resources Coordinator

Madonna Priest was born and raised in Daviess County, Kentucky. She moved to Hopkins County in 2005 and has made a home here since. She is a 1995 graduate of Owensboro High School and currently attends Madisonville Community College, working toward her Associates in Business Administration w/Human Resource Management Option. Prior to becoming Tax Administrator, Madonna served as Deputy Jailer at the Hopkins County Jail from 2011 to 2015. She is a member of D.A.R. and the F.O.P. Madonna is married to Ron and is the proud mom of two daughters, Sydney and Trinity.

April Brooks, Tax Administrator

Marsha Goodaker, Treasurer's Office Assistant

Bart Gordon, IT Administrator

Bart Gordon manages the information technology systems for all county departments and has nearly three decades of experience in the field. He is a Hopkins County native and a graduate of Leadership Hopkins County.