• Thomas B. Wine – Commonwealth’s Attorney
  • Erwin Roberts – First Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney
  • Karen Young – Director of Human Resources / Chief Financial Officer
  • Melissa DeLuca – Human Resources Assistant

Thomas B. Wine Commonwealth’s Attorney

Thomas B. Wine, first elected as Commonwealth’s Attorney in 2012, was elected to a second term in 2018, which will expire January 5, 2025.

Prior to being elected Commonwealth’s Attorney, Tom enjoyed serving in the Justice system as both a prosecutor and a judge. He was sworn in as Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney in Jefferson County, October 1980, under David L. Armstrong. In 1982 that office awarded him Prosecutor of the Year .

In 1984 he began work at the Kentucky Attorney General’s Office. He served as chief of the Leviticus Unit, investigating fraudulent investments in coal and oil tax shelters; was an Assistant in the Special Prosecutions Unit; and served from 1986 until 1987 as the first Director of the Medicaid Fraud and Abuse Control Unit.

Tom returned to the Office of Commonwealth’s Attorney in Jefferson County in January 1988 where he served as a Division Chief until December 1990.

Tom resigned as a prosecutor to run for Jefferson Circuit Court. He was elected in November 1991 and began his first year term on January 6, 1992. In 1997 the Louisville Bar Association recognized him as Judge of the Year. He was re-elected without opposition to serve a second term in 1999. The Jefferson Circuit Court term elected him as Chief Judge in 2000.

In September 2000, Chief Justice Joseph Lambert appointed Tom to serve on the Jefferson County Racial Fairness Commission. He continues to be a member of that Commission and has served on the subcommittees involving jury selection and setting bonds.

In August 2006, Governor Ernie Fletcher appointed Tom to the Kentucky Court of Appeals. He was elected to a full term in November 2006. He was appointed by Chief Justice Joseph Lambert to Chair the Kentucky Court of Justice Records Retention Task Force. Chief Justice John Minton of the Kentucky Supreme Court appointed Tom to serve as the first Chair of the Technology Governance Committee of the Kentucky Court of Justice as well as a member of the County Law Library Task Force.

In January 2012, Tom resigned from the bench to pursue the opportunity to serve as Jefferson County’s top felony prosecutor.

Tom has been a Master in the American Inns of Court, Louis D. Brandeis Inn and has served as the President of the Inn for 2 years.

In 2009, he received the Fair Administration of Justice Award from the Kentucky Association Criminal Defense Lawyers.

Tom has volunteered in the Community for several years and in 1996 received the Community Service Award presented by Central Labor Council, AFL-CIO. He has volunteered with the Cub Scouts and Boy Scouts and in 2012 received the Silver Beaver Award, the highest award a Boy Scout Council can give to a volunteer.

Erwin Roberts First Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney

ErwinRobertsErwin Roberts is a 1994 graduate of Transylvania University and the University of Kentucky College of Law in 1997. Roberts has had the honor of serving on the Board of Trustees of both Transylvania University and the University of Kentucky.

Roberts began his legal career as an Assistant Commonwealth Attorney in the Fayette County Commonwealth Attorney’s Office where he prosecuted general felony crimes. In 1999, Roberts left the Fayette County Commonwealth Attorney’s Office to accept the position of Assistant United States Attorney for the Western District of Kentucky in Louisville, Kentucky. After the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001, he prosecuted anti-terrorism matters in the Western District of Kentucky and assisted with national terrorism cases and initiatives. Roberts also served as the U.S. Attorney Office’s representative on the FBI Joint Terrorism Task Force (JTTF) which handled federal anti-terrorism investigations, cases and initiatives under the leadership of the FBI. Due to the nature of his duties, he was granted a Top Secret security clearance.

In 2004, Roberts left the U.S. Attorney’s office and accepted the position of Executive Director of the Kentucky Office of Homeland Security. As Executive Director, he was responsible for the coordination of all homeland security efforts for the Commonwealth and for compliance with U.S. Department of Homeland Security initiatives. Roberts was also responsible for the administration of $40 million in federal homeland security grants.

Subsequently he was appointed to the position of Deputy Secretary of the Environmental and Public Protection Cabinet. As Deputy Secretary, he assisted the Cabinet Secretary with the management of over 3,000 cabinet employees and was responsible for the administration of numerous regulatory areas for the Commonwealth, including environmental, labor and natural resources. After a brief time at the Environmental and Public Protection Cabinet, Roberts was appointed Secretary of the Personnel Cabinet where he served as a member of the Governor’s Executive Cabinet. His duties as Secretary included the administration of human resources for the Commonwealth’s 36,000 employees; providing executive policy and management support to the Cabinet; administering the $1 billion Public Employee Health Insurance Program with 180,000 members.

Roberts has served in the United States Army Reserve Judge Advocate General’s Corps (JAG) since 2000. He currently holds the rank of Lieutenant Colonel.

Roberts is admitted to the U.S. District Court for the Eastern and Western Districts of Kentucky. He is a member of the Kentucky Bar Association and Louisville Bar Association. He is a graduate of Leadership Kentucky and currently serves on the Norton Healthcare Board of Trustees.