Commonwealth’s Attorneys’ Services Council
Henrico Sheriff’s Department Conference Room
November 7, 2007
Council Members Present
Harvey L. Bryant, III (Virginia Beach)
Joel R. Branscom (Botetourt County)
David N. Grimes (Pittsylvania County)
Wade A. Kizer (Henrico County)
Alexander R. Iden (Winchester)
S. Randolph Sengel (Alexandria)
William F. Neely (Spotsylvania County)
Nancy G. Parr (Chesapeake)
Michael R. Doucette (Lynchburg)
Richard E. Trodden (Arlington/Falls Church)
Other Commonwealth's Attorneys Present
Daniel M. Chichester (Stafford County)
Donald S. Caldwell (Roanoke City)
Robert L. Bushnell (Henry County)
Neil S. Vener (Campbell County)
James R. Ennis (Prince Edward County)
Matthew P. Geary – Chief Deputy Commonwealth’s Attorney (Richmond City)
CASC Staff Present
Robert Q. Harris
Lisa O. Hillman
Call to Order
Mr. Bryant called the meeting to order at 11:08 a.m.
Consideration of the Minutes
Mr. Grimes moved to adopt the minutes. Mr. Sengel seconded the motion and it passed unanimously.
Mr. Bryant deferred the Chairman’s report.
Mr. Harris stated that all speaker’s written materials for the Executive Program have to be sent to Jane Chambers by Friday, November 8, 2007. Ms. Chambers has to send the materials to Virginia State Bar for CLE approval. Mr. Harris added that CASC is available to assist anyone who needs help with their materials.
Mr. Harris stated that rooms at the Richmond Omni Hotel are available at the conference rates. At this time, there are no non-smoking “queen” rooms or any smoking “king” rooms available.
LETPP grant on COOP planning
Mr. Harris explained that CASC mailed out COOP materials without a cover letter. CASC followed-up by sending an email to the Commonwealth’s Attorneys notifying them to look for the COOP materials in the mail. Commonwealth’s Attorneys will be receiving additional COOP kit information at the Executive Program. In response to Mr. Bryant’s question about the LETPP grant, Mr. Harris confirmed that the project has been completed. Additional funding for local Homeland Security applications may still be available through other federal grants.
CASC Budget Issues
Mr. Harris updated Council on the status of the CASC budget and advised that he submitted a request for a budget increase for another computer systems engineer for VCAIS and to allow CASC to upgrade to a network.
Capital Case Litigation Training Grant
Mr. Harris asked Council to authorize him to seek a $50,000 grant to provide Capital Case Litigation training. Mr. Harris suggested providing two training sessions in 2008. One training session would be held in the eastern part of the state and the other would be held in the western part of Virginia. Mr. Bryant and Mr. Doucette collectively stated that this training is a good idea. Mr. Grimes moved to authorized the grant request and Mr. Kizer seconded. The motion passed unanimously.
Director's Performance Letter
Mr. Harris reminded Council that it was authorized to determine the Director’s eligibility for the state employee performance pay increase. He provided Council with a draft letter regarding his performance. Council voted unanimously to authorize the pay increase.
Attorney General Opinion
Mr. Caldwell provided Mr. Harris with a copy of the Attorney General’s September 14, 2007, official advisory opinion concerning the authority of law enforcement officers to interview health care providers in DUI cases to obtain and preserve evidence, and considerations of health care privacy restrictions. Mr. Harris will provide the opinion to Commonwealth’s Attorneys.
The meeting adjourned at 11:22 a.m. The next regularly scheduled Council meeting is 2:00 p.m., Thursday, December 6, 2007, at the Richmond Omni Hotel. The meeting was changed from 3:00 p.m. as previously listed.