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January 25, 2022

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:

  1. Julia H. Sichol (Westmoreland County)
  2. Vacant
  3. Georgette Phillips (Isle of Wight)
  4. Travis D. Bird (Spotsylvania County)
  5. Bryan L. Porter (Alexandria)
  6. Vacant
  7. 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


Katie Beye

Deputy Commonwealth’s Attorneys Present

Robert Bauer (Richmond)

Lori DiGiosia (Stafford)

CASC Staff Present

Jane Sherman Chambers

Jill Harris

Elliott Casey

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.

Chairman’s Report


Administrator’s Report

Ms. Chambers reviewed the agenda items:

Old Business

CATF Update

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.

New Business

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.

Council Vacancies

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.

Public Comment



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.