THE ATTORNEY GENERAL OF TEXAS
Ken Paxton

Thursday, July 7, 2011

Attorney General Greg Abbott Names Texas City Child Support Employee Assistant Attorney General of the Year

TEXAS CITY Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott today recognized Charlotte Jernigan, an assistant attorney general in the Child Support Division’s Texas City office, for her commitment to Texas children. Jernigan was named Assistant Attorney General of the Year for the Child Support Division’s Houston region, which covers nine counties. First Assistant Attorney General Daniel Hodge presented the award to Jernigan on Wednesday at the Statewide Assistant Attorneys General Conference in Austin.

Charlotte Jernigan’s hard work and dedication help ensure thousands of young Texans receive the child support they need to become healthy, successful adults, Attorney General Abbott said. A committed and selfless public servant, Charlotte stands out as one of the state’s most dedicated and impressive lawyers. We are grateful to Charlotte Jernigan for her commitment to Texas children.

AAG of the Year award recipient

Charlotte Jernigan

Deputy Attorney General for Child Support Alicia Key selected one assistant attorney general from each of the state’s nine child support regions, along with an assistant attorney general from the main office in Austin. Honorees are chosen based on recommendations from their peers and supervisors, with a particular focus on employees who are willing to go beyond their normal duties to serve Texas children. Each recipient demonstrates a desire to serve Texas families, help their colleagues and enhance the Attorney General’s Child Support Division.

Jernigan, who joined the Office of the Attorney General in 2006, was promoted to managing attorney of the Texas City child support office in 2010. Jernigan is responsible for establishing legally recognized relationships between children and their unmarried parents. As an assistant attorney general, she also works to establish, enforce and modify court orders that require parents to provide child support and medical support.

Jernigan, a graduate of South Texas College of Law, was chosen to be the region’s Assistant Attorney General of the Year because of her ability to handle complex legal issues that arise on child support cases, and her strong leadership skills. Under Jernigan’s leadership, Texas City was named the Houston region’s top performing office for 2010.

It is rewarding to see a relatively new assistant attorney general get off to such a great start in her career with the agency. Charlotte is a rare combination of a very strong attorney and manager, said Al Ochoa, senior regional attorney. On the management side, her asset is a calm demeanor in the face of calamity and a clear, rational approach to problem solving. On the legal side, she is well versed in the law, but remains open to practical solutions where these are appropriate.

The Attorney General’s Child Support Division offers an array of services to help families,
including locating absent parents; establishing paternity for children born to unmarried parents; establishing, enforcing, and modifying child and medical support orders; and collecting and distributing child support payments.

The Texas City child support office covers Brazoria and Galveston counties. In the state fiscal year that ended August 31, 2010, the office handled 24,475 cases and collected more than $62 million.

For more information about the Office of the Attorney General and the child support services it offers, call (800) 252-8014 or visit the agency’s website at www.texasattorneygeneral.gov.