Policy and Priorities in 2020


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Shellie Hampton

Director of Governmental Relations


Shellie Hampton has served as the Director of Governmental Relations for the Kentucky Association of Counties since August 2009. In her capacity as director, she is responsible for representing county government in all facets of the legislative process. She is responsible for developing and executing legislative strategies and initiatives to support a responsive and efficient management of county governments.

As principal staff to the KACo Legislative Committee, she is tasked with the coordination of member support for legislative proposals that assist county governments in their many mandated roles including public safety, transportation, and community development as stewards of the public trust and limited resources. She is charged with facilitating consensus positions by the committee consisting of tiered priorities which support the objectives of KACo and its affiliated organizations. She serves as KACo’s legislative liaison, engaging the legislative process throughout the sessions of the Kentucky General Assembly and the legislative interim.

Prior to that, she worked for the Kentucky County Judge/Executive Association for twelve years as legislative liaison.

Shellie was born and raised in Daviess County, and is a graduate of the University of Kentucky. She lives in Lexington with her husband Steve and their three children: Jackson, Noah and Katherine.

Jennifer Burnett

Director of Research


As Director of Research at KACo, Jennifer collects and analyzes county-level data and information to help inform KACo’s legislative advocacy goals and provide technical assistance to county leaders.

Prior to joining the Kentucky Association of Counties in 2018, Jennifer was the director of fiscal and economic development policy at the Council of State Governments (CSG) and served as research fellow to the State International Development Organizations. Her research has been featured in academia and in national and local media, including the Wall Street Journal, the New York Times, Stateline, the Kentucky Annual Economic Report, Bloomberg BNA, live interviews on National Public Radio and more.

Before her tenure at CSG, Jennifer was a research associate at the University of Kentucky Center for Business and Economic Research and a legislative aide for a member of the Canadian Parliament. She holds bachelor’s degrees in economics and finance from the University of Kentucky, a master’s degree from the Patterson School of Diplomacy and International Commerce at the University of Kentucky, and a Juris Doctor from the Salmon P. Chase College of Law.

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