RICHMOND, VIRGINIA - Wise County and City of Norton Commonwealth's Attorney Charles H. "Chuck" Slemp, III has been chosen to assist Attorney General-elect Jason Miyares's transition team.
Delegate Jason Miyares defeated the two-term incumbent Attorney General in last week's statewide election. Miyares will take the reins of the Commonwealth of Virginia's law firm in January. The Attorney General's duties include conducting or assisting in certain criminal investigations and prosecutions, alerting the public of scams and enforcing state consumer protection laws. Miyares, a former prosecutor and state legislator, said at the announcement last week "If there's anything that I want to bring back to the forefront in this process are the victims."
Miayres has promised to "shift the focus of the office" and direct his office to a "public safety and law enforcement focus, precisely at a time when the murder rate is the highest its been in over two decades in Virginia." Accordingly, many members of the Miyares transition team are prosecutors and former Attorneys General.
Wise County Commonwealth's Attorney Slemp is one of five Commonwealth's Attorneys from across Virginia chosen to assist in Miyares's transition to power, including Virginia Beach CA Colin Stolle, Chesterfield County CA Stacey Davenport, Lynchburg City CA Bethany Harrison, and Chesapeake City CA Nancy Parr. Former Virginia Attorneys General Jerry Kilgore, Bob McDonnell, Ken Cuccinelli, Richard Cullen, Mark Early, and Jim Gilmore are also a part of the effort. Jerry Kilgore will serve as the Chair of the transition, Former Governor George Allen will also advising Miyares's team, and several Virginia Sheriffs have been named to the effort.
Chuck Slemp said, "I'm excited about the opportunity we have to reshape the Office of the Attorney General in Richmond. I think that the voters recognized the importance of public safety issues in Virginia when they went to the polls last Tuesday. The criminal-first, victim-last mindset of the last four years and the progressive criminal justice reform movement has made our communities less safe. I am so honored to be a part of the process as we work together to restore sanity in Richmond."
Miyares will be sworn in as the Attorney General of Virginia on January 15, 2022.