Commonwealth’s Attorneys’ Services Council
Henrico Sheriff’s Office
November 6, 2019
Council Members Present
Roy F. Evans (Smyth County), Chairman
Jeffrey W. Haislip (Fluvanna County), First Vice Chairman
Colin D. Stolle (Virginia Beach), Second Vice Chairman
Theo K. Stamos (Arlington County/Falls Church), Secretary
Patricia T. Watson (Greensville Co./Emporia, Past Chairman
Council District Representatives:
2. Nathan R. Green (Williamsburg/James City County)
3. Georgette C. Phillips (Isle of Wight)
8. Bryan L. Porter (Alexandria)
Other Commonwealth’s Attorney’s Present
Donald S. Caldwell (Roanoke City)
E. M. Wright (Buckingham County)
John L. Mahoney (Caroline County)
Eric L. Olsen (Stafford County)
C. Phillips Ferguson (Suffolk)
Susan O. Fierro (Prince George County)
R. Bryan Haskins (Pittsylvania County)
Marsha L. Garst (Rockingham County/Harrisonburg)
Shannon L. Taylor (Henrico County)
Colette Wallace McEachin (Richmond City)
Deputy Commonwealth’s Attorneys Present
Lori DiGiosia (Stafford County)
Heather Hovermale (Winchester)
Nael Abouzaki (Henrico County)
Ramin Fatehi (Norfolk)
CASC Staff Present
Jane Sherman Chambers
VACA Staff Present
Michael R. Doucette, Executive Director
Call to Order
Mr. Haislip called the meeting to order at 12:21 p.m.
The draft minutes from the September 25, 2019 meetings were previously posted and circulated to Council. The minutes were approved as submitted.
Ms. Chambers reported that she will be attending the APA Innovations in Prosecution Summit to be held in Philadelphia on November 7 - 8, 2019.
Ms. Chambers reviewed the CATF balance sheet reflecting account activity through September 30, 2019.
Richmond Training & Meeting Space Rental Update
Ms. Chambers reported that a lease has been finalized between the Department of General Services (DGS) and SunTrust for the lease of training and meeting space for CASC. She and Mr. Casey met with representatives from DGS and SunTrust management and sub-contractors on November 5, 2019. They discussed details of the property improvements and a timeline for completion. Because of anticipated delays in obtaining the necessary permitting from the city of Richmond, it is expected that the space will not be available for use until April 2020.
DFS Customer Workgroup (CWG) Update
Ms. Chambers reported that she has been working with Amy Curtis at DFS to identify volunteers to serve on the CWG. Several have been identified and she is working with the Chiefs of Police to get additional names.
2019 Executive Program Update
Ms. Chambers reviewed a draft of the Executive Program agenda that was circulated with this meeting agenda. She also reported on registration progress and status of the room block. Thus far 126 people have registered to attend.
Ms. Chambers reported that, while the state budget forecasts are concerning, thus far CASC funding appears to be secure.
New Officer Training ~ December 11 - 13, 2019
Ms. Chambers reported that the Compensation Board's New Officer Training will be held from December 11 - 13, 2019, in Richmond. A venue has not been announced. This will be a huge year with so many new incoming Commonwealth's Attorneys. Mr. Porter and Mr. Casey have revamped the agenda. A venue for the VACA-hosted dinner will need to be selected soon.
There being no further business before Council, the meeting adjourned at 12:36 p.m. The next regularly scheduled meeting is on Wednesday, December 4, 2019, at 2:00 p.m. at the Stonewall Jackson Hotel in Staunton.