County Attorney Biography

Jeffery B. Dean was elected County Attorney in 2006 and assumed the office on January 1, 2007. Jeff previously served two terms as County Attorney from October 1989 through December 1998 and served as an Assistant County Attorney from January 1999 through 2006.

Jeff graduated with honors from Northern Kentucky University in 1978. The NKU Department of Political Science and Public Administration named him its Outstanding Student in 1978 and honored him with the prestigious Enid M. Henry Award. Upon graduation Jeff attended the University of Kentucky College of Law and received his Juris Doctor degree in 1981. He was admitted to the Kentucky Bar in October, 1981 and is also admitted to practice before the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Kentucky. He is a member of the Kentucky Bar Association, the Kentucky County Attorney’s Association and the National District Attorneys Association. He has also been recognized by the Kentucky Bar Association by being awarded its Continuing Legal Education Award. The KBA gives this award annually to recognize “members for their efforts to improve the legal profession through continuing legal education.”

Jeff is a lifelong resident of Kentucky and came to Falmouth in 1981 where he opened his law practice. Jeff served as City Attorney for the City of Falmouth from 1982 until February of 1984 when he was appointed by Governor Martha Layne Collins to serve as District Judge for the 18th Judicial District. After his service as District Judge ended in November of 1984 he returned to private practice until his election as County Attorney in 1989.

Jeff has over twenty-eight years experience as an attorney and over twenty years experience as a prosecutor. As a private attorney he has a variety of experience in areas such as civil litigation, real estate, probate, personal injury, domestic relations and contract law. Prior to becoming a prosecutor he also practiced as a criminal defense attorney. In that role he has experience representing those charged with a variety of crimes and major felony cases, including murder. As a County Attorney he has prosecuted thousands of misdemeanor and traffic offenses including DUI, assault, sexual abuse, child abuse, domestic violence, and child support enforcement. As the Attorney/Director of the Pendleton County Child Support Office he has directed a very successful child support program. The Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services honored his office in 1999, 2005, and 2006 as one of the top child support programs in the state.

Jeff is a Deacon, Youth Director, and Sunday school teacher at the Falmouth Baptist Church. He has also been involved in numerous community activities and organizations over the past 28 years. Among other things, he is a former president of the Falmouth Rotary Club, former president of the Kincaid Park Association, and a former board member of both the Kincaid Regional Theater and the Pendleton County Education Foundation. He has also received national recognition by being named to “Outstanding Young Men of America” and is a member of the “National Registry of Who’s Who.” He is certified as a Disaster Relief Responder and received additional certification as a Disaster Relief Chaplain by the Kentucky Southern Baptist Convention. He has responded to disasters in New York City (9-11), North Carolina, Virginia, Puerto Rico, and Kentucky.

Jeff, along with his wife, Denise Best Dean, practices law and resides in Falmouth. Denise is a 1975 graduate of Pendleton County High School, 1979 Graduate of Northern Kentucky University and a 1982 graduate of the University of Kentucky College of Law. They have two children. Their son, Bryant, is a 2000 graduate of Pendleton County High School, 2004 graduate of Northern Kentucky University, and a 2009 Graduate of the University of Cincinnati College of Law. Bryant joined his parents in the practice of law after being admitted to the Kentucky Bar Association in October 2009. Their daughter, Anna, is a 2002 graduate of Pendleton County High School and 2007 graduate of Northern Kentucky University. Upon graduation from NKU, Anna served as a Baptist Missionary assigned to Vision San Diego serving churches in San Diego, California and Tijuana, Mexico. In August 2009 she returned to Falmouth and is currently enrolled in Georgetown College seeking her Masters of Arts in Special Education and hopes to become a special education teacher.