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MINUTES
Commonwealth’s Attorneys Services Council
The Cavalier Hotel --Virginia Beach
August 2, 2009

 

Council Members Present
Neil S. Vener (Campbell County)
Robert B. Beasley (Powhatan County)
Kim S. White (Halifax County)
Joel R. Branscom (Botetourt County)
David N. Grimes (Pittsylvania County)
Michael R. Doucette (Lynchburg)
Christian E. Rehak (Radford)
Raymond F. Morrogh (Fairfax County)
Harvey L. Bryant, III (Virginia Beach)

Other Commonwealth's Attorneys Present
Richard E. Trodden (Arlington County)
John C. Singleton (Bath County)
Roy F. Evans (Smyth County)
Paul B. Ebert (Prince William County)
Robert L. Bushnell (Henry County)
Eileen M. Addison (York County/Poquoson)
Nathan R. Green (Williamsburg/James City County)
E. M. Wright (Buckingham County)
Glenn Williamson (Frederick County)

CASC Staff Present
Robert Q. Harris
Lisa Hillman

Call to Order
Mr. Vener called the meeting to order at 8:31a.m.

Consideration of the minutes
No minutes are available yet for the Thursday, July 30, 2009 Council meeting.

Chairman’s Report
New Chairman Mr. Vener asked everyone to introduce themselves.

Administrator’s Report
Mr. Harris briefed Council on the issues regarding CASC’s budget.  The Governor has asked state agencies to prepare spending reduction proposals for the next three fiscal years (including FY2010) and make 5%, 10% and 15% proposed cuts to the agency budgets. Mr. Harris stated that CASC’s annual budget is $670,000 and the bulk of general funds is personnel expenses. CASC already relies extensively on a variety of grants to fund most of the training programs, but grants rarely fund personnel costs and are not reliable long-term funding sources.  Mr. Harris outlined the amounts and proposals for meeting the budget cut amounts. Mr. Harris stated that cutting a position is the last resort. Mr. Harris stated that CASC is a small staffed agency and a reduction of only one person is a 15% staff cut that greatly diminishes the agency’s ability to continue its functions. Mr. Harris also stated CASC may have to require registration fees for the big programs, as undesirable as that is for shifting the training expenses to local offices or individual prosecutors.

Travel Voucher
Mr. Harris stated that a travel voucher is attached to the agenda for reimbursement to attend meetings. Mr. Harris noted that Council members are entitled to travel expenses by statute, and asked members that served on both Board and Council to please alternate travel reimbursement requests between CASC and VACA to help save CASC some expenses.

Board and Council Meetings and Events Schedule
Mr. Harris the 2009-2010 CASC and VACA Board and Council meetings and CASC events schedule attached to the agenda. Mr. Vener as VACA President / CASC Chairman approved the schedule. The dates follow the same general format as last year’s schedule.

Adjournment
There being no further business, the meeting was adjourned at 8:54a.m. The next Board and Council meeting will be held on Thursday, October 1, 2009 at 11:00a.m., at the Henrico Sheriff’s Department Conference Room.

 


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