(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 and his wife, Heather, are the owners of Melody Lanes in Madisonville. They have two grown sons.

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

Patricia Wiles, Executive Assistant to Judge-Executive Jack Whitfield, Jr.

Patricia Wiles has worked for the Hopkins County Tourist and Convention Commission, as Membership and Outreach Director for the Hopkins County Regional Chamber of Commerce, and as a reporter for The Messenger newspaper where she covered city governments, business, agriculture, and breaking news. She’s a graduate of Leadership Hopkins County and serves as secretary of the organization. Patricia and her husband, Tim, live in Hopkins County. They have three children and nine grandchildren.

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 19 years.

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

Rayleigh Melton, Human Resources Coordinator

Rayleigh Melton was born in Madisonville to Karen Sanderson Brown and Terry Melton. Rayleigh graduated from Trigg County High School in 2012 and went on to attend Murray State University. She was an active member of the Epsilon Omicron chapter of Alpha Delta Pi sorority and served as the chapter’s Finance Vice President. Rayleigh graduated from Murray State in 2018 with a Bachelor’s degree in Human Resources Management.

Laura Harvey, Tax Administrator

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 Hopkins County Tax Administrator, Laura served 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 Hopkins County Historical Society and Madisonville Area Running Club. She lives in Earlington with her husband, Andrew and daughter, Valerie.

Bart Gordon, IT Specialist

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

Marsha Goodaker, Receptionist

You’ll find Marsha Goodaker at the front desk of the Government Center where she’s busy answering calls from citizens and helping them find information they need. Marsha is retired from the Hopkins County Board of Education and lives in Madisonville. She has two grown sons.