RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Virginia will soon have a new chief deputy attorney general.
Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli’s office said late Thursday that Chief Deputy Attorney General Chuck James Jr. is returning to private practice this summer at his old firm, Williams Mullen in Richmond.
Officials say Virginia Beach Circuit Court Judge Patricia L. West will be coming on board to assume the role of chief deputy. James’ and West’s time in Cuccinelli’s office will overlap for about one month.
West was elected to the bench by the Virginia General Assembly in March 2000 after previously serving on the Virginia Beach Juvenile and Domestic Relations District Court. She was appointed to serve as secretary of public safety in 1996 by then-Gov. George Allen and previously served as director of the Virginia Department of Juvenile Justice.