OFFICE OF THE CITY ATTORNEY
Carrie D. Wiese, Atty.
205 E. Mt. Vernon
Somerset, KY 42501
Get to know our City Attorney, Carrie Wiese, and the wonderful town of Somerset, Kentucky!
Carrie D. Wiese Enjoying Local Somerset’s own Beautiful
Festivals “Children’s Garden” Lake Cumberland
AREAS OF PRACTICE: Carrie practices Municipal Corporate Law exclusively for the City of Somerset and serves as the City's Legislative Advisor and Chief Legal Counsel. She serves the City by providing legal advice, counseling, representation and advocacy to the City's elected officials, the Mayor, and City Department Managers including all non-elected City Officers. Areas of law of which Carrie practices includes Corporate Law, Legislative Issues, Local Government matters, Employment Law, Contracts, Real Estate, and Utility/Public Service Law which includes advisement on the City's Water, Sewer, and Natural Gas services and infrastructure. Carrie also serves the community members by providing limited Estate Planning Pro Bono services for the Elderly or Disabled whom reside in the City's corporate limits, as well as to all emergency service employees of the City of Somerset, by conducting free clinics as needed.
EDUCATION: University of Kentucky (B.A., Psychology, Cum Laude, 1997); University of Kentucky College of Law (J.D. 2001).
BAR ADMISSION AND BAR ASSOCIATION MEMBERSHIPS: Carrie was admitted for practice by the Kentucky Bar Association (KBA) upon graduation from law school in 2001; Carrie became a member of the Federal Bar Association in 2002 and is admitted to practice law in the U.S. District Courts of the Eastern District of Kentucky; She is also a member of the local Pulaski County Bar Association.
SERVICE ORGANIZATION MEMBERSHIPS: Municipal Attorneys Association of Kentucky (MAAK)- Carrie serves as an elected member of the Board of Directors, and also serves as Secretary to the MAAK Board and MAAK Organization; Prevent Child Abuse Kentucky (PCAKY)-Carrie serves as an elected Board Member to this state-wide organization and serves on both the Finance & Allocations/Resource Development Committee, as well as the External Affairs Committee. Carrie also volunteers for local organizations such as the American Cancer Society and Smoke-Free Kentucky, and is a member of St. Mildred's Catholic Church.
BACKGROUND: Carrie was born and raised in Somerset, Pulaski County, Kentucky. She graduated from Somerset Independent High School with top honors earning a Commonwealth Diploma in 1993. She graduated from the University of Kentucky, Cum Laude, with a B.A. in Psychology, and following a year hiatus from studies, she attended the UK College of Law where she earned her JD in 2001. Carrie has always practiced public service law beginning as a Law Clerk for the 28th Judicial Circuit in Somerset, KY and thereafter has served in several positions including Assistant County Attorney for Pulaski County, as well as Regional Attorney for the Cabinet for Health and Family Services' Lake Cumberland Region prior to joining the Executive Branch of the City of Somerset. Carrie has served the City of Somerset in the position of City Attorney since her appointment by the Mayor and City Council in 2007. She is the first full-time City Attorney in Somerset’s history, and only the second woman to serve as a City Attorney since the City’s incorporation in 1883. She married Joe Mike Wiese in 2001, also born and raised in Somerset, and has two children, Joseph “Trip” Wiese and Jane Ann Wiese. Carrrie and her family live in downtown Somerset in a home she and her husband saved from demolition and is an avid supporter of Somerset's downtown rehabilitation and development with a keen interest in the preservation of historical aspects of the City of Somerset for future generations.
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