Katie C. Comstock, an attorney with a long history of public service in Kentucky, oversees the administrative arm of Kentucky’s unified court system, supporting the activities of nearly 3,300 court system employees and 413 elected justices, judges and circuit court clerks. Chief Justice of the Commonwealth Laurance B. VanMeter appointed her to begin serving as director June 21, 2023.
Her prior public service includes over two years in the Executive Branch and 12 years in the Legislative Branch during two stints with the Legislative Research Commission.
During Katie’s final five-plus years (2014-2020) with LRC, she served as the committee staff administrator for the General Assembly’s Judiciary Committee, where she hired, trained and managed a team of attorneys, assistants, interns and graduate fellows. Katie also oversaw Judiciary Committee meetings and drafted hundreds of civil and criminal bills that touched on all aspects of the courts. This required working closely with legislators regarding policy options and proposed legislation.
Katie started her career in the Legislative Branch in 2005 as budget reviser for the Budget Review Office, where she drafted and oversaw the passage of the Executive, Judicial and Legislative branch budgets. She held that position for six years before joining the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet in 2011 and served as a member of the team overseeing the Louisville-Southern Indiana Ohio River Bridges Project, the largest infrastructure project ever constructed by Kentucky.
Katie earned a bachelor’s degree from DePauw University in 2001 and a juris doctor from the University of Louisville Louis D. Brandeis School of Law, where she graduated cum laude.