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He returned to London in 1971 and opened his own law prac- tice, which he operated until 1977. He continued his private practice even after becoming Assistant Commonwealth's At- torney in 1975. But when he was elected as Commonwealth's Attorney in 1997, he launched a career that is still heralded across the state, as well as involving him in numerous activities promoting leadership and law. He credits his family for al- lowing him to experience all the success he has known - his wife Bonnie, daughter Den- nie Beth (Mills) and son Starr Handy. "I'm thankful to have the wife I have," he said. "As a prosecu- tor, my children and wife have had to endure a lot. They've al- ways given me wonderful sup- port and I wouldn't have been able to achieve what I have without them." Handy's list of accolades could easily fill a book and have various directions. He is a businessman, teaming with his brother Jim, to build Best Western - Harvest Inn, Harvest Inn restaurant, Holly Bay Mari- na and apartments and rental properties. He was in the first class of Leadership Kentucky and was co-founder of Leader- ship Tri-County, scaling that program to the state program 8 to bring leaders of various communities together to learn and face problems in the area. He served on the Governor's Commission for Drug Free KY, Commission on the creation of KASPER - the reporting system for physicians and pharmacies to record opioid prescriptions and sales as the opioid epi- demic increased in the area, the Attorney General's Task Force dealing with election fraud, asset forfeiture, child sexual and physical abuse, prescription drug abuse and Crime Victims' Bill of Rights. He was selected as "Out- standing Commonwealth's At- torney" by his peers in 1981 and 1983 and the "Outstanding Commonwealth's Attorney" by Attorney General Cowan in 1988. He was involved in the creation of the Children's Advocacy Center (TLC House) in London. He was also a charter member of the execu- tive board of the Appalachia HIDTA (High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area), serving as Commissioner of the Financial Commission from 1998 until 2003 and a charter member since 1998. His community involve- ment is just as extensive as his professional affiliations, being a member of the Lon- don Jaycees, London Kiwanis Club and the London-Laurel London’s Living Treasures Banquet 2019