"Alone we can do so little. Together we can do so much." - Helen Keller

Back row L to R: Adam Turner, Kenny Over, Duncan Cavanah.  Center row L to R: Tara Bozell, Jennifer Love Hightower, Aleta Franklin.  Front row L to R: Michael Cotthoff, Lynn Pryor, Katherine Garber

The Commonwealth's Attorney is the people's advocate, the attorney for the Commonwealth in Circuit Court in felony criminal actions. The Office of the Commonwealth's Attorney represents the citizens within their judicial district, and we proudly represent the 3rd Judicial Circuit, covering all of Christian County. Since taking office in January 2007, we have handled thousands of cases, showing a high conviction rate resulting in the most important statistic of all: increased public safety.

My office is responsible for prosecuting all felony cases that arise in Christian County for which the Grand Jury has returned a true bill of indictment. We handle a large variety of cases each year, ranging from theft to drug trafficking to violent offenses such as murder and every conceivable case in between. I am proud to introduce the team of professionals who tirelessly work everyday to serve you, making Christian County a safer place for all of our families to live.

Meet the team at your Commonwealth's Attorney's Office


Hon. Lynn Pryor

HON. Lynn Pryor

Commonwealth's Attorney

Lynn is a native of Christian County and a 1988 graduate of Christian County High School.  In 1992, Lynn earned her Bachelors degree with Academic Distinction fromthe University of Kentucky. Lynn also earned her Juris Doctor Degree in 1998 at the University of Kentucky's College of Law. 

Lynn was the Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney from 2000 - 2003, and Pennyrile's Regional Attorney for the Cabinet for Health & Family Services from 2003-2006.  In 2006, Lynn was elected to be Christian County’s first female Commonwealth’s Attorney, taking office in January 2007. Lynn has served as the President of the Commonwealth Attorney's Association and the Christian County Bar Association. In 2012, Kentucky's Attorney General Jack Conway named Lynn Pryor as the Outstanding Commonwealth's Attorney of the Year.

Email:  lpryor@prosecutors.ky.gov


Hon. Michael Cotthoff

hon. Michael W. Cotthoff

Assistant Commonwealth's Attorney

Michael, a Hopkinsville native, has been working as a full-time Assistant Commonwealth's Attorney since July 1, 2009.  He graduated from Christian County High School in 2000 and Murray State University in 2004.  He then obtained his Juris Doctor degree from Salmon P. Chase College of Law at Northern Kentucky University in 2007. Prior to becoming an Assistant Commonwealth's Attorney, he served as the law clerk for Circuit Judge John Atkins and Circuit Judge Andrew Self.

Email:  mcotthoff@prosecutors.ky.gov


Hon. Maggie Gigandet

hon. Maggie gigandet

Assistant Commonwealth's Attorney

Maggie, a Clarksville, Tennessse native, has worked as a full-time Assistant Commonwealth's Attorney since April 1, 2016.  She graduated from Clarksville Academy in 2005 and Transylvania University in 2009.  In 2012, she obtained her Juris Doctor degree from the University of Kentucky College of Law.  Prior to becoming an Assistant Commonwealth's Attorney, she served as the law clerk for McCracken Circuit Judge Timothy Kaltenbach.

Email:  mgigandet@prosecutors.ky.gov


Hon. Katherine Foster

Hon. Katherine Foster

Assistant Commonwealth's Attorney

Katherine, a native from Lafayette, Louisiana, worked as a paramedic for nearly 10 years prior to graduation in 2008 from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette.  In 2012, Katherine graduated cum laude when she obtained her Juris Doctor degree from Mississippi College School of Law in Jackson, Mississippi.  Prior to becoming an Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney, she worked as an Assistant Christian County Attorney from 2012-2014 and has been a full-time Assistant Commonwealth's Attorney since June of 2014. 

Email:  kfoster@prosecutors.ky.gov


Hon. Duncan Cavanah

hon. Duncan Cavanah

Assistant Commonwealth's Attorney

Duncan graduated from Hopkinsville High in 1995 and Transylvania University in 1999. He pursued his career by attending and graduating from University of Kentucky College of Law in 2002. He has worked as an Assistant Christian County Attorney since 2003.  He is a Partner at the firm of Ison, Harton, Holland and Cavanah, and he has been a part-time Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney since July 1, 2009.

Email:  dcavanah@kihtlaw.com


Det. Kenny Over

Kenny Over

Commonwealth's Detective

Kenny worked for the Hopkinsville Police Department from 1978 to 2003.  He held various positions including Detective, Captain, and Chief of Police.  Kenny also worked for the Christian County Sheriff’s Department Juvenile Division from 2003 to 2006, therefore bringing a total of 36 years of law enforcement expertise to the Office of the Commonwealth's Attorney.

Email:  jkover@prosecutors.ky.gov


Maria Hudspeth

maria hudspeth

SECRETARY

Maria Graduated from Swainsboro High in 1988 in Swainsboro, Georgia. She is a 1997 graduate from RETS Medical and Business Institute with an Associate Business Degree in Office Administration –She was raised in a Marine Corp family household which allowed her to experience the world. She moved to Hopkinsville, Kentucky in 1993 and raised a family. She has over 20 years of office and public experience combined. She has worked for companies such as Thomas Industries and Kentucky Derby Hosiery. From 2010 to 2016, she worked for the Christian County Clerk’s office as a Deputy Clerk.

Email:  mhudspeth@prosecutors.ky.gov


Tara Bozell

Tara Bozell

Executive administrative assistant/Office manager

Tara is a native of Christian County and graduated from Christian County High School in 1988.  She graduated from Hopkinsville Community College in 1994 and earned an Associate Degree in Applied Science with High Distinction in Office Administration.  Tara has over 25 years of legal experience attributed to the law offices of John O. Hardin III, Stephen E. Underwood and Cotthoff & Willen. Tara has been with the Office of the Commonwealth’s Attorney since January 2007.

Email:  tbozell@prosecutors.ky.gov


Jennifer Love Hightower

Jennifer Love Hightower

victim's advocate

Jennifer is a native of Christian County and graduated from Hopkinsville High School in 1995.  From 1994 to 1996, she worked for the law offices of Paul K. Turner and Ben Wright.  Since 1998, she has been a legal secretary for the Commonwealth’s Attorney’s Office.

Email:  jhightower@prosecutors.ky.gov