Commonwealth’s Attorneys’ Services Council
Delta Hotel Richmond
January 21, 2020 11:00 a.m.
Council Members Present
Jeffrey W. Haislip (Fluvanna County), Chairman
Colin D. Stolle (Virginia Beach), First Vice Chairman
Nathan R. Green (James City County/Williamsburg), Second Vice Chairman
Shannon L. Taylor (Henrico County), Secretary
Council District Representatives:
2. Benjamin M. Hahn (York County)
3. Georgette C. Phillips (Isle of Wight)
4. Lyndia Person Ramsey (Sussex County)
6. David L. Ledbetter (Waynesboro)
7. Travis D. Bird (Spotsylvania County)
8. Bryan L. Porter (Alexandria)
10. Amy M. Ashworth (Prince William County)
11. Steve Descano (Fairfax County)
Other Commonwealth's Attorneys Present
Donald S. Caldwell (Roanoke City)
John L. Mahoney (Caroline County)
Eric L. Olsen (Stafford County)
Beverly P. Leatherbury (Northampton County)
Benjamin M. Hahn (York County/Poquoson)
Anton A. Bell (Hampton)
Gregory D. Underwood (Norfolk)
C. Phillips Ferguson (Suffolk)
Susan O. Fierro (Prince George County)
Tracy Q. Martin (Halifax County)
R. Bryan Haskins (Pittsylvania County)
Marsha L. Garst (Rockingham County/Harrisonburg)
John Alexander (Botetourt County)
Gerald D. Arrington (Buchanan County)
Marc H. Abrams (Winchester)
Derek Davis (Surry County)
Julia Sichol (Westmoreland County)
Jane Wrightston (Northumberland County)
Tim Martin (Augusta County)
Patti Watson (Greensville County/Emporia)
Stacey Davenport (Chesterfield County)
Daniel Rutherford (Nelson County)
Parisa Dehghani-Tafti (Arlington County/Falls Church)
Rusty McGuire (Louisa County)
Chris Plaster (Tazewell County)
Colette McEachin (Richmond)
Deputy Commonwealth’s Attorneys Present
Matt Snow (Loudoun County)
Lori DiGiosia (Stafford County)
Susan Hooks (Virginia Beach)
Allan Budny (Spotsylvania County)
Jeff Adams (Spotsylvania County)
CASC Staff PresentJane Sherman Chambers
VACA Staff Present
Michael R. Doucette, Executive Director
Call to Order
Mr. Haislip called the meeting to order at 11:10 a.m.
The draft minutes from the December 4, 2019, meeting were previously posted and circulated to Council. The minutes were approved as submitted.
Ms. Chambers reviewed the agenda items:
Ms. Chambers reviewed the CATF balance sheet reflecting account activity through December 31, 2020.
Richmond Office & Meeting Space Update
Ms. Chambers reported that CASC has received a full set of blueprints, if anyone would like to see them. They have been approved and building permit applications have been filed with the City of Richmond. CASC staff has started to look at and select furniture. It is anticipated that the build out will be complete at the end of March or April, 2020.
2019 Executive Program Recap
Ms. Chambers reported that the 2019 Executive Program was a big success with approximately 150 attendees.
Vacancy on the CASC Standing Committee on Ethics
Ms. Chambers reported that there is a vacancy on the CASC Ethics Committee. Mr. Haislip asked for nominations to fill the position. Mr. Arrington volunteered to serve. A motion was so made, seconded and unanimously passed.
2022 Executive Program Venue
Ms. Chambers reported that the 2020 Executive Program will be in Roanoke and the 2021 Executive Program will be in Charlottesville. She asked for suggestions for the 2022 Executive Program. Suggestions were made for Lynchburg, Harrisonburg and Staunton. Ms. Chambers will look into these options.
Security at CASC Training Events
Ms. Chambers reported that at the NAPC conference last December, she attended a presentation about security at prosecutor training events. Some states conduct full security at their large events. Mr. Haislip announced the formation of a special committee of 3 to 5 people to look into this issue. He will appoint members and report back at the next Council meeting.
There being no further business before Council, the meeting adjourned at 11:22 a.m. The next regularly scheduled meeting is February 11, 11:00 a.m., at the Delta Hotel, Richmond.