Truist Place, Richmond, VA
Council Members Present
Nathan R. Green (James City County/Williamsburg), Chairman
Shannon L. Taylor (Henrico County), First Vice Chairman
Anton A. Bell (Hampton), Second Vice Chairman – Zoom
Bryan L. Porter (Alexandria), Secretary – Zoom
Colin D. Stolle (Virginia Beach), Past Chairman – Zoom
Council District Representatives:
- Julia H. Sichol (Westmoreland County)
- Georgette Phillips (Isle of Wight)
- Travis D. Bird (Spotsylvania County)
- Bryan L. Porter (Alexandria)
- Amy M. Ashworth (Prince William County)
Other Commonwealth’s Attorney’s Present
Jeff Haislip (Fluvanna County) – Zoom
Eric L. Olsen (Stafford County)
Mike Jones (Wythe County)
Stacey T. Davenport (Chesterfield County) – Zoom
Susan O. Fierro (Prince George County) – Zoom
Bryan Haskins (Pittsylvania County) – Zoom
John Alexander (Botetourt County) – Zoom
Gerald D. Arrington (Buchanan County) – Zoom
Anne M. Williams (Clarke County) – Zoom
Heather D. Hovermale (Winchester) – Zoom
Mary Pettitt (Montgomery Co.) – Zoom
Clarissa Berry (Madison Co.) – Zoom
Rick Newman (Hopewell) – Zoom
Tiffany Buckner (Petersburg) – Zoom
Meredith Adkins (King & Queen Co.) – Zoom
Win Consolvo (Greene Co.) – Zoom
Narendra Pleas (Suffolk) – Zoom
Josh Elrod (Buena Vista) – Zoom
Roger Brooks (Carroll Co.) – Zoom
Buta Biberaj (Loudoun Co.) – Zoom
Deputy Commonwealth’s Attorneys Present
Robert Bauer (Richmond)
Lori DiGiosia (Stafford)
CASC Staff Present
Jane Sherman Chambers
VACA Staff Present
Amanda Howie, Administrator
Call to Order
Mr. Green called the meeting to order at 11:14 a.m. and noted that a quorum was physically present.
The draft minutes from the December 1, 2021, 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, 2021.
2022 Spring Institute Update
Ms. Chambers circulated a draft of the 2022 Spring Institute agenda. She described the general format of the conference and noted that there are still hotel rooms left at the Omni and the Delta. Ms. Howie advised that VACA-hosted hospitality will consist of reception on Monday night.
“Duties & Responsibilities” Outline Update
Ms. Chambers reported that Mr. Lammers from Wise County has submitted his initial draft of the outline. She further reported that she has cleaned up the formatting and created a full Table of Contents with hyperlinks. She circulated it to committee members yesterday and was waiting for feedback. She believes that it will be very helpful in the completion of the upcoming Commonwealth’s Attorney time study being conducted by the National Center for State Courts.
2024 Executive Program Venue
Ms. Chambers reminded members that the 2022 Executive Program will be in Staunton and the 2023 Executive Program will be in Roanoke. She asked where members would like to hold the 2024 Executive Program. After some discussion, it was requested that Ms. Chambers look into venues in Charlottesville and report back at a later meeting.
HB1340 – Adds Duties to CASC
Ms. Chambers reported that HB1340 has been filed to require CASC to work with DCJS to establish compulsory training standards for law-enforcement officers, attorneys for the Commonwealth, and assistant attorneys for the Commonwealth for sensitivity to and awareness of cultural diversity when interviewing, questioning, or examining in any court proceeding a victim of a criminal sexual offense. After discussion, Mr. Green, Ms. Chambers and Ms. Oglesby agreed to set up a meeting with the patron to discuss our concerns.
CASC’s New Traffic Safety Resource Prosecutor (TSRP)
Ms. Chambers announced that CASC has hired a new TSRP. She is Paula Bruns and she comes to CASC with over 25 years of experience prosecuting in Norfolk and Virginia Beach. Her first day will be February 3, 2022.
Mr. Green announced that there is a vacancy in the 9th district. Ms. Chambers reported that the members of the 9th have nominated Mike Jones from Wythe County. Mr. Jones was unanimously approved by Council members. Ms. Phillips, 3rd district, tendered her resignation from Council, at which time Mr. Fatehi from Norfolk was nominated. He was unanimously approved. Finally, Ms. Reid was nominated and approved for the vacancy in the 2nd.
There being no further business before Council, the meeting adjourned at 11:42 AM. The next regularly scheduled meeting is February 15, 2022, 11:00 AM, at the CASC offices at Truist Place (formerly SunTrust Building), 919 E. Main Street, Suite 1250, Richmond.