Billy Riley has been the Livingston County Attorney since January, 1990. He is the son of the late Avis Driskill Riley and the late G. Norwood Riley. Billy grew up in Livingston County. He graduated from Panhandle (Ledbetter) Elementary in 1969, Livingston Central High School in 1973, Paducah Community College in 1975, Southern Illinois University in 1977, and Northern Kentucky University, Chase College of Law, in 1980. Billy also has forty (40) credit hours of seminary training. He is a bi-vocational pastor.
Billy has been married to Kathie Morehead Riley, RN, since January 29, 1981. They have two (2) children Dr. Derek Riley and LeeAnn Yamada, RN. They have three (3) grandchildren, Nadia Yamada, Elliana Riley, and Parker Riley.
WHAT IS A COUNTY ATTORNEY?
Most people don't know what a County Attorney does. The primary function of a County Attorney is a District Court Criminal Prosecutor (similar to a D.A. on TV). As such the County Attorney prosecutes misdemeanor, traffic, juvenile, and disability cases in District Court. Many felony cases also start out with the County Attorney in district court. These, however, are ultimately prosecuted by the Commonwealth Attorney, in Circuit Court. County Attorneys sometime contract with the Commonwealth to handle child support enforcement, collections, and prosecution. The County Attorney also advises and sometimes represents the Fiscal Court. Some County Attorneys have a private practice. Billy does not since he initially campaigned on the promise that he would be a full-time County Attorney.