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May 6, 2020

Zoom Web Conference - State of Emergency - COVID-19

Council Members Present
Jeffrey W. Haislip (Fluvanna County), Chairman
Colin D. Stolle (Virginia Beach), First Vice Chairman
Nathan R. Green (James City County/Williamsburg), Second Vice Chairman
Shannon L. Taylor (Henrico County), Secretary
Roy F. Evans (Smyth County), Past Chairman

Council District Representatives:

1. LaBravia J. Jenkins (Fredericksburg)
2. Benjamin M. Hahn (York County)
3. Georgette C. Phillips (Isle of Wight)
5. Megan L. Clark (Prince Edward County)
8. Bryan L. Porter (Alexandria)
9. Charles H. Slemp, III (Wise County)
10. Amy M. Ashworth (Prince William County)
11. Steve Descano (Fairfax County)

Other Commonwealth’s Attorneys Present
Donald S. Caldwell (Roanoke City)
Nancy G. Parr (Chesapeake)
E. M. Wright (Buckingham County)
John L. Mahoney (Caroline County)
Beverly P. Leatherbury (Northampton County)
Anton A. Bell (Hampton)
Gregory D. Underwood (Norfolk)
C. Phillips Ferguson (Suffolk)
Susan O. Fierro (Prince George County)
Tracy Q. Martin (Halifax County)
R. Bryan Haskins (Pittsylvania County)
Marsha L. Garst (Rockingham County/Harrisonburg)
John Alexander (Botetourt County)
Paul R. Walther (Culpeper County)
Christian E. Rehak (Radford)
Marc H. Abrams (Winchester)
Parisa Dehghani-Tafti (Arlington Co./Falls Church)
Allen Nash (Mecklenburg County)
Leanne Watrous (Nottoway County)
Roger Brooks (Carroll County)
Collette McEachin (Richmond)
Mary Pettitt (Montgomery County)
Josh Elrod (Buena Vista)
Tim Martin (Augusta County)
Clarissa Berry (Madison County)
Derek Davis (Surry County)
Julia Sichol (Westmoreland County)
Tom Bowers (Salem)
Jim Hingeley (Albemarle County)
Bethany Harrison (Lynchburg)
Matthew Kite (King William County)
Richard Newman (Hopewell)
Stacey Davenport (Chesterfield County)
Joe Platania (Charlottesville)
Les Fleet (Appomattox County)

Richard Lesko, Blue Ridge Event Production

Deputy Commonwealth’s Attorneys Present
David Chappell (Brunswick County)
Marie Walls (Suffolk)

CASC Staff Present
Jane Sherman Chambers
Elliott J. Casey

VACA Staff Present

Call to Order
Mr. Haislip called the meeting to order at 12:01 p.m.

Roll Call
Ms. Chambers read the list of members who had logged on to participate in the web meeting. She explained that a roll call is required under FOIA rules regarding electronic meetings. She asked that anyone calling into the meeting to please send her an email confirming their attendance.

The draft minutes from the April 1, 2020, meeting were previously posted and circulated to Council. The minutes were approved as submitted.

Chairman’s Report

Administrator’s Report
Ms. Chambers reported that under the Governor’s current Emergency Orders, CASC staff are all teleworking and are all feeling fine. They continue to work hard to provide training and services to Commonwealth’s Attorneys and their offices. Ms. Chambers reminded members that the Council agenda is required to be related to state of emergency issues only.

Old Business

CATF Update
Ms. Chambers reviewed the CATF balance sheet reflecting account activity through March 31, 2020. The balance clearly reflects the current volatility in the markets.

Richmond Training Space Update
Ms. Chambers reported that the SunTrust office space is close to being finished and available for meetings of less than 50 people. Furniture and appliances have been ordered. According to the contractors working on the project, they anticipate that work and inspections will be completed on or about May 15.

DFS Customer Working Group (CWG) Update
Ms. Chambers reported that the kickoff CWG meeting has been rescheduled to an online meeting on May 14, 2020, at 1:00 p.m.

New Business

CASC Online Webinar Schedule
Ms. Chambers circulated the CASC webinar schedule for programing through June 4. CASC is hosting Traffic Tuesdays, Trauma-informed Thursdays and 4th Amendment Fridays. Ms. Chambers explained that more such programing will be organized as needs require.

Upcoming Council Meetings
Ms. Chambers reported that the June 3 Council meeting will be online, unless the Governor amends his Emergency Orders. The following meeting is scheduled to be at Annual Summer Conference on Sunday, July 26.

Vacancy on Council – 4th Congressional District
Ms. Chambers advised that there is a vacancy on Council for the 4th Congressional District. No action can be taken until the next regular meeting. Mr. Ferguson suggested emailing eligible Commonwealth’s Attorneys to advise them of the vacancy.

Reminder to Phone Attendees
Ms. Chambers asked anyone attending this meeting by phone to please email her to confirm their attendance. The meeting software only records phone numbers, without names.

There being no further business before Council, the meeting adjourned at 12:15 p.m. The next regularly scheduled meeting is June 3, 2020, 12:00 noon, via Zoom web conference.