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MINUTES
Commonwealth’s Attorneys’ Services Council
Crowne Plaza Hotel, Richmond
January 24, 2017

Council Members Present
Officers:
Eric L. Olsen (Stafford County), Chairman
Patricia T. Watson (Greensville Co./Emporia), First Vice Chairman
Jeffrey W. Haislip (Fluvanna County), Secretary

Council District Representatives:
4.   Ann Cabell Baskervill (Dinwiddie County)
6.   Donald S. Caldwell (Roanoke City)
7.   Travis D. Bird (Spotsylvania County)
8.   Theo K. Stamos (Arlington County/Falls Church)
11. Raymond F. Morrogh (Fairfax County)

Other Commonwealth’s Attorney’s Present
Paul B. Ebert (Prince William County)
Michael R. Doucette (Lynchburg)
Holly Smith (Gloucester County)
Anton A. Bell (Hampton)
C. Phillips Ferguson (Suffolk)
R. Bryan Haskins (Pittsylvania County)
David L. Ledbetter (Waynesboro)
Theresa J. Royall (Nottoway County)
Charles H. Slemp (Wise County)
Susan Fierro (Prince George County)
Nancy Parr (Chesapeake)
Julia Sichol (Westmoreland County)
Michael Herring (Richmond)
Shannon Taylor (Henrico County)

Deputy & Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorneys Present
David Lord (Alexandria)
Robert Bauer (Prince Edward County)
Betty Jo Anthony (Roanoke City)

CASC Staff Present
Jane Sherman Chambers
Elliott Casey

Call to Order
Mr. Olsen called the meeting to order at 11:12 a.m.

Minutes
The draft minutes from the December 1, 2017, meeting were previously posted and circulated to Council.  The minutes were approved as submitted. 

Chairman’s Report
None.

Administrator’s Report
Ms. Chambers reviewed the agenda items: 

Old Business

CATF Update
Ms. Chambers reviewed the monthly statement reflecting account activity through December 31, 2016.  She noted that the major expenditure will be the Spring Institute reimbursement which will take place in April.

2017 Spring Institute Reimbursement Process Update
Ms. Chambers reported that Ms. Heard has received reimbursement information from 78 offices with 12 more almost complete.  She is still waiting to hear from 30 offices.  Ms. Baskervill made a motion to institute a deadline for responses.  Discussion ensued. 
Mr. Caldwell offered to call each of the 30 offices to encourage them to respond promptly.  He suggested that this matter be placed on the agenda for the February meeting.   Ms. Baskervill withdrew her motion. 

2017 Spring Institute Program Update
Mr. Casey reported that 515 people have registered so far for the 2017 Spring Institute.  Our room blocks at the Marriott and Hilton sold out in about 12 hours.  He has secured additional room blocks at the Richmond Omni and the Richmond Crowne Plaza.  They both still have rooms available.

NAAGTRI Officer-Involved Shooting Training at 2017 Spring Institute
Mr. Casey reported that the National Association of Attorneys General Training & Research Institute (NAAGTRI) will be conducting a 4th track at Spring Institute.  This program addressing officer-involved  shootings comes highly recommended by the Commonwealth’s Attorneys who attended it in San Diego.  NAAGTRI will be paying for and organizing the event with the assistance of the Virginia Office of the Attorney General. Ms. Chambers explained that this is an invitation-only event for Commonwealth’s Attorneys, City/County Attorneys, Chiefs of Police and Sheriff’s.  It will be held at the Richmond Marriott on Monday afternoon and all day Tuesday.  CASC is handling on-line registration for this event.

 

Asset Forfeiture Training – Chesterfield – March 9, 2017
Mr. Casey reminded membership of the one-day Asset Forfeiture training that is being offered on March 9, 2017, in Chesterfield.  It is open to Commonwealth’s Attorneys, assistants and staff, as well as law enforcement and their staff.  This program is being offered in conjunction with the Crime Commission and DCJS.  Tom Shaia is the faculty coordinator.  Registration closes on March 1, 2017.  CASC and the Sheriff’s Association are providing lunch.

2017 Prosecuting Economic Crimes Program
Mr. Casey announced that this excellent program is being held in Blacksburg from February 26 – March 2, 2017.  There is no cost and space is still available.  Mr. Casey clarified that this training is open to prosecutors with all levels of experience.

New Business

CASC Distinguished Faculty Awards
Ms. Chambers reported that the faculty award committee needed two new members.  Mr. Olsen requested any volunteers to talk to him after the meeting.

Prosecutors’ Encyclopedia Training at Spring Institute
Ms. Chambers announced that there will be assistance available at Spring Institute for those interested in signing up for Prosecutors’ Encyclopedia and learning how to utilize its many valuable resources.

Public Comment
None.

Adjournment
There being no further business before Council, the meeting adjourned at 11:34 p.m.  The next regularly scheduled meeting is February 16, 2017, 11:00 a.m., at the Crowne Plaza Hotel, Richmond.


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