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May 3, 2023

Richmond, VA

Council Members Present

Shannon L. Taylor (Henrico County), Chairman
Anton A. Bell (Hampton), First Vice Chairman
Bryan L. Porter (Alexandria), Second Vice Chairman
Julia H. Sichol (Westmoreland County), Secretary
Nathan R. Green (James City County/Williamsburg), Past Chairman

Council District Representatives:
1. Krystyn L. Reid (York County)
2. Matthew R. Hamel (Chesapeake)
4. Vincent L. Robertson (Sussex County)
5. Bethany A. S. Harrison (Lynchburg)
6. David L. Ledbetter (Waynesboro)
7. Clarissa T. Berry (Madison County)
8. Bryan L. Porter (Alexandria)
10. Amy M. Ashworth (Prince William County)

Other Commonwealth’s Attorney’s Present
Donald S. Caldwell (Roanoke City)
Jeff Haislip (Fluvanna County)
Patricia T. Watson (Greensville County/Emporia)
Colin Stolle (Virginia Beach)
Meredith D. Adkins (King & Queen County)
Jane Wrightson (Northumberland County)
Georgette C. Phillips (Isle of Wight)
Anton A. Bell (Hampton)
Susan O. Fierro (Prince George County)
Megan L. Clark (Prince Edward County)
R. Bryan Haskins (Pittsylvania County)
John Alexander (Botetourt County)
Heather D. Hovermale (Winchester)
Travis D. Bird (Spotsylvania County)
Christian E. Rehak (Radford)
M. Andrew Nester (Henry County)
Buta Biberaj (Loudoun County)
Scott C. Hook (Fauquier County)
Beverly P. Leatherbury (Northampton County)
Stacey T. Davenport (Chesterfield County)
Wendy Hannah (Cumberland County)
Colette Wallace McEachin (Richmond)
Tiffany Buckner (Petersburg)
Roy Evans (Smyth County)
Andy Hall (Martinsville)
Eric Cooke (Southampton County)
Allen Nash (Mecklenburg County)
Paul McAndrews (Campbell County)
Joe Platania (Charlottesville)
Eric Laub (Nelson – Acting CA)
Brian Holohan (Roanoke County)
Win Consolvo (Greene County)
Dayna Bobbitt (Patrick County)
Libby Trible (Richmond County)
Justin Griffith (Pulaski County)
Lyle Carver (Amherst County)
Bobby Lilly (Giles County)

CASC Staff Present
Jane Sherman Chambers

VACA Staff Present
Amanda Howie, Administrator

Call to Order
Ms. Taylor called the meeting to order at 10:02 a.m.

The draft minutes from the April 2, 2023, meeting previously were 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 March 31, 2023.

2023 Spring Institute Recap & Status of Reimbursements
Ms. Chambers reported that 953 people attended the 2023 Spring Institute (728 in person and 225 online.) She reported on the evaluation results from surveys conducted after the training. The Lessons from the Holocaust presentation was very well-received and Ms. Chambers reported that she has offered to host another session of it for other public safety agency leadership.

Ms. Chambers also circulated with the agenda a list of all offices who had submitted for Spring Institute reimbursement by May 1. She verbally reported 6 offices who had submitted on May 2. She reminded attendees that the deadline to submit for reimbursement of Spring Institute expenses is Friday, May 5, 2023.

2023 Summer Conference Training Agenda
Ms. Chambers circulated and reviewed a draft of the 2023 Annual Summer Conference training agenda. Mr. Hook suggested that the “Best of Spring Institute” video replay session include the video of Jarvis Parsons from Spring Institute. That suggestion was widely supported.

CASC Finance Committee Meeting
Ms. Chambers reported that the CASC Finance Committee will meet on June 7, 2023, after the Board & Council meetings. Committee members include all officers, along with Mr. Caldwell, Mr. Haislip, Mr. EM Wright and Ms. Chambers.

Curriculum Retreat Reminder
Ms. Chambers reminded attendees that the CASC Curriculum Committee Retreat will be held from September 7 – 8, 2023, in Richmond.

New Business

CASC Staffing
Ms. Chambers reported that the Administration has started the budget request process for FY25. Ms. Chambers reported that she will be seeking funding for a vacant FTE position in the agency. This is an administrative position that was defunded in 2008 during budget cuts. She may also seek funding for another staff attorney position in view of the potential influx of new assistant commonwealth’s attorneys resulting from the implementation of a new staffing standard.

Administrator Vacation
Ms. Chambers reported that she will be on vacation in May but she will be reachable by email or text if there is an emergency.

Public Comment

There being no further business before Council, the meeting adjourned at 10:16 AM. The next regularly scheduled meeting is June 7, 2023, 12:00 noon, at the CASC offices at Truist Place, 919 E. Main Street, Suite 1250, Richmond.