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Next county attorney will work full time

Matt Britton

King George County’s next county attorney will work for the locality full time.

The Board of Supervisors on Tuesday agreed with Matt Britton, who suggested the county hire a full-time attorney to handle the increasing volume of work. Britton is leaving after 13 years as both commonwealth’s attorney and county attorney.

The 46-year-old lawyer surprised supervisors more than two weeks ago with his resignation. He was elected King George’s chief prosecutor in 1999 and became the county’s attorney in 2001.

When he started in the job, there were 29 localities in Virginia where one person worked both jobs.

“I think we’ve whittled it down to 10,” he said.

Britton, who is leaving to work in private industry, said he will miss public service. He said his deputy, Keri Gusman, will serve as commonwealth’s attorney until a special election in November 2013.

Britton leaves his commonwealth’s attorney post on Sept. 3, but will work part time for the county through Sept. 30. He said he would help with interviews and the transition for the new person.

Here’s the story about Britton’s surprise announcement.

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