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November 30, 2022

Staunton, 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
Bryan L. Porter (Alexandria), Secretary
Colin D. Stolle (Virginia Beach), Past Chairman

Council District Representatives:
1. Julia H. Sichol (Westmoreland County)
2. Krystyn L. Reid (York County)
3. Ramin Fatehi (Norfolk)
4. A. Gray Collins, III (Colonial Heights)
5. Megan L. Clark (Prince Edward County)
6. David L. Ledbetter (Waynesboro)
7. Travis D. Bird (Spotsylvania County)
8. Bryan L. Porter (Alexandria)
9. Michael D. Jones (Wythe County)
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)
John L. Mahoney (Caroline County)
Eric L. Olsen (Stafford County)
Beverly P. Leatherbury (Northampton County)
Stacey T. Davenport (Chesterfield County)
Susan O. Fierro (Prince George County)
Tracy Q. Martin (Halifax County)
R. Bryan Haskins (Pittsylvania County)
John Alexander (Botetourt County)
Paul R. Walther (Culpeper County)
Parisa Dehghani-Tafti (Arlington County/Falls Church)
Gerald D. Arrington (Buchanan County)
Christian E. Rehak (Radford)
Anne M. Williams (Clarke County)
Heather D. Hovermale (Winchester)
Narendra Pleas (Suffolk)
Vincent Robertson (Sussex County)
Bryan Cave (Page County)
Tiffany Buckner (Petersburg)
Mary Pettitt (Montgomery County)
Dayna Bobbitt (Patrick County)
Buta Biberaj (Loudoun County)
Eric Cooke (Southampton County/Franklin)
Daniel Rutherford (Nelson County)
Bethany Harrison (Lynchburg)
Rob Cerullo (Powhatan County)
Meredith Adkins (King & Queen County)
Clarissa Berry (Madison County)
Derek Davis (Surry County)
Leanne Watrous (Nottoway County)
Lyle Carver (Amherst County)
Roger Brooks (Carroll County)
Brandon Boyles (Grayson County)
Michael Hurd (Middlesex County)
Matthew Dunne (Craig County)
Tom Bowers (Salem)
Win Consolvo (Greene County)
Ann Gardner (Alleghany County)
Wendy Hannah (Cumberland County)
Josh Cumbow (Washington County)
Roy Evans (Smyth County)

Deputy Commonwealth’s Attorneys Present
Bill Blaine (Brunswick County)
Amanda Galloway (Fluvanna County)
Aaron Lavinder (Roanoke County)
Marie Walls (Gloucester County)
Daniel White (Greene County)
Alberto Herrero (Martinsville)
Kristen Knudson (Prince George County)
Robby Fierro (Hopewell)
Lori DiGiosia (Stafford County)
John McNeil (Roanoke City)
Evan Henck (Grayson County)
Vaughn Breedlove (Suffolk)
Matt Pollard (Salem)
D.J. Hansen (Chesapeake)
Andrew Childress (Lynchburg)

Alex West, Litigation Manager, Dept. of Labor & Industry

CASC Staff Present
Jane Sherman Chambers
Elliott Casey

VACA Staff Present
Amanda Howie, Administrator

Call to Order
Mr. Green called the meeting to order at 2:06 p.m.

The draft minutes from the November 9, 2022, meeting were previously posted and circulated to Council. The minutes were approved as submitted.

Chairman’s Report

Administrator’s Report
Ms. Chambers welcomed the new Commonwealth’s Attorneys elected in November and encouraged everyone to make a point to meet them. She then reviewed the agenda items:

Old Business

CATF Update
Ms. Chambers reviewed the CATF balance sheet reflecting account activity through October 31, 2022.

2022 Executive Program Update
Ms. Chambers circulated a copy of the Executive Program agenda along with the meeting agenda. She noted that extra time had been added to lunch on Thursday.

2023 Spring Institute Agenda
Ms. Chambers circulated a copy of the 2023 Spring Institute agenda along with the meeting agenda. Registration will open the first week in January. CASC will again offer a limited simulcast. A leadership track will be offered for up to 50 people with Commonwealth’s Attorneys getting the first opportunity to register. That track will feature Lessons from the Holocaust, which can be offered again if this session goes well. The afternoon leadership training by Tabitha Anderson, Deputy CA from Virginia Beach will be an intro to a full-day, in-person class being offered in Richmond in August.

FOIA: Public Meeting Policy
A copy of a proposed public meeting policy was circulated with the agenda. It reflects changes to Virginia Code § 2.2-3708.3 and will allow for Council members to attend Council meetings remotely under specified circumstances. A motion was made and seconded to adopt the policy, which passed by unanimous vote. It will be effective at the next meeting scheduled for January 24, 2023.

New Officer Training
Ms. Chambers reminded members that New Officer Training by the Compensation Board will be held from December 7 – 9, 2022, at the Richmond Embassy Suites Hotel. VACA will host a dinner for attendees on December 8, 2022.

New Business

Department of Labor & Industry Enforcement Actions
Ms. Chambers introduced Alex West from the Department of Labor & Industry who had asked for the opportunity to address Commonwealth’s Attorneys about their role in VOSH civil and criminal enforcement actions. Mr. West described how their attorneys are available for appointment as special assistant commonwealth’s attorneys to handle these actions. Mr. West’s PowerPoint slide handouts were circulated with the meeting agenda.

2023 Meetings & Events Calendar
Ms. Chambers prepared and circulated a draft 2023 Meetings & Events calendar. Most dates are firmly set, but the 2023 VACA Justice & Professionalism meetings have not yet been formalized.

There being no further business before Council, the meeting adjourned at 2:43 p.m. The next regularly scheduled meeting is January 24, 2023, 11:00 AM, at the CASC offices at Truist Place (formerly SunTrust Building), 919 E. Main Street, Suite 1250, Richmond.