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MINUTES
Commonwealth’s Attorneys’ Services Council
Henrico Sheriff’s Department Conference Room
October 1, 2009

 

Council Members Present
Neil S. Vener (Campbell County)
Robert B. Beasley (Powhatan County)
Harvey L. Bryant, III (Virginia Beach)
Raymond F. Morrogh (Fairfax County)
Christian E. Rehak (Radford)
Donald S. Caldwell (Roanoke City)
Linwood Gregory (New Kent County)
Nancy G. Parr (Chesapeake)
Michael R. Doucette (Lynchburg)
Richard E. Trodden (Arlington County)
S. Randolph Sengel (Alexandria)
David N. Grimes (Pittsylvania)
Joel R. Branscom (Botetourt County)

Other Commonwealth's Attorneys Present
James R. Ennis (Prince Edward County)
Eileen M. Addison (York County & Poquoson)
Paul B. Ebert (Prince William County)
Stephanie Maddox (Amherst County)
LaBravia J. Jenkins (Fredericksburg)
Linda D. Curtis (Hampton)
Thomas E. Bowers (Salem)
Nathan R. Green (Williamsburg/James City County)
Stephanie B. Vipperman (Patrick County)
Glenn R. Williamson (Frederick County)
Michael N. Herring (Richmond)
Matthew J. Britton (King George County)
Lisa K. Caruso (Dinwiddie County)
E.M. Wright (Buckingham County)
Thomas A. Garrett (Louisa County)
Wade A. Kizer (Henrico County)

Special Guests
Robyn DeSocio, Executive Secretary, Compensation Board
Meloni Alexander, Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney, Richmond
William Friday, Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney, Richmond
Marc Abrams, Deputy Commonwealth’s Attorney, Winchester
Chris Miller, Deputy Commonwealth’s Attorney, Rockingham County
CASC Staff Present
Robert Q. Harris
Lisa Hillman

Call to Order
Mr. Vener called the meeting to order at 1:08 p.m.

Consideration of the minutes
The minutes have been posted on line and distributed to Council. The minutes were approved as submitted.

Chairman’s Report
Mr. Vener deferred his Chairman’s report.

Administrator’s Report
Mr. Harris stated that the Curriculum Committee approved topics for future training programs. The list of topics is in the agenda. Mr. Harris thanked Mr. Bryant, Mr. Plowman, Ms. Parr, and Mr. Chichester for contributing to the Curriculum Retreat. 

Mr. Harris stated that the dates for the 2010 Annual Meeting were incorrect on the previous schedule. Mr. Harris stated that the correct dates are August 5 – 8, 2010.

Mr. Harris stated that CASC’s budget cuts are set out in the agenda materials. Mr. Harris stated that due to budget cuts, CASC will be discontinuing services such as printing of binders (unless grant funded printing is available) and purchasing research materials for the in-house library; Gang Training no longer is funded; and the Resource Center will be eliminated. Mr. Harris stated he is searching for grant money to fund the Spring Institute.

Mr. Harris asked Council to approve a fee of $50 per attendee for the 2009 Executive Program. A motion was made to have a $50 fee per registrant for the 2009 Executive Program, and was approved.

Mr. Harris is estimating a minimum 25% drop in attendance when a registration fee is implemented, although it could be much worse as local offices face additional cuts. Mr. Harris stated that CASC plans to expand video offerings with CLE approval for people who can not attend.

Mr. Harris stated that the contract for the Spring Institute with the Norfolk Waterside Marriott will end on 2010. Mr. Harris reviewed fixed expenses with the Spring Institute and stated that all efforts will be made to minimize costs and avoid registration fees for this program.

CASC issued a request for proposals for the 2011 Spring Institute Program. The Homestead, Marriott Norfolk, and The National Conference Center have responded and the summary of responses is provided in agenda materials. Any member who knows of other locations that CASC should consider are asked to contact Mr. Harris.   Mr. Harris stated that there are very few hotels that are able to host 600 people at one time and in one room. Mr. Harris stated that a decision will need to be made at the November 4, 2009 meeting.

ADJOURNMENT
The meeting adjourned at 1:47 p.m. The next regularly scheduled Council meeting is 11:00 a.m., Wednesday, November 4, 2009, at the Henrico Sheriff’s Office Conference Room.


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