Petersburg City Attorney Anthony C. Williams has been appointed to the Virginia Criminal Justice Services Board, one of six people Gov. Glenn Youngkin appointed to the board on July 12.
Williams served as city attorney for Winchester prior to taking the same position in Petersburg. He also previously served as a law enforcement officer in Hampton.
“It was my sincerest honor to accept this appointment by the Honorable Governor Glenn Youngkin to the Virginia Criminal Justice Services Board,” Williams said in a statement. “I hope that I will be able to use my experience and service on this board to improve the Criminal Justice System here in the Commonwealth for the benefit of all of our citizens including those I serve in Petersburg.”
The 32-member Criminal Justice Services Board is the policy board for the Virginia Department of Criminal Justice Services. The board, which meets quarterly, includes members from throughout Virginia who serve in a variety of roles within the commonwealth’s legal community. It approves regulations promulgated by the Department of Criminal Justice Services and approves most of the grants awarded by the department to localities, state agencies and private nonprofit organizations.
Per a release from Williams’ office, his appointment is the second earned by a Petersburg official in 2022. In May, Youngkin appointed Interim Petersburg City Manager Kenneth Miller to the Commission to Combat Antisemitism.
“The City of Petersburg has and continues to work extensively with Governor Youngkin and our state representatives to improve the quality of life for our citizens. These appointments are a testament to those ongoing efforts,” Petersburg Mayor Sam Parham said in a statement.