Jeff Branscome writes about Spotsylvania County.
Spotsy county attorney resigning
Spotsylvania County Attorney Jacob Stroman is resigning to become chief staff attorney with the Virginia Supreme Court in Richmond.
Stroman, who has been with the county for more than six years, submitted a letter of resignation to the Board of Supervisors last week but didn’t publicly announce his upcoming departure until a meeting Tuesday.
Stroman serves at the pleasure of supervisors and makes $148,367 annually. He told supervisors in his letter that he was resigning “with decidedly mixed emotions.”
“I am confident that I leave the County Attorney’s Office in superlative condition,” Stroman wrote. “As I mentioned to you in my self-evaluation, your law firm includes some of the most intelligent and hardest working attorneys and paralegals in the Commonwealth.”
Since last year, supervisors have scheduled several private meetings to discuss Stroman’s performance.
Stroman wrote in his letter of resignation that the County Attorney’s Office has protected Spotsylvania from lawsuits and has saved a lot of taxpayer dollars. He said his commitment to take no legal shortcuts has “prompted grumbling in a few quarters” but said his office has ensured the county’s “commitment to the rule of law, is, like Caesar’s wife, above reproach.”
Stroman’s resume includes stints as deputy county attorney in Norfolk, county attorney in Gloucester and county attorney in Isle of Wight. He also spent time with a Dallas law firm where his last supervising attorney was Harriet Miers, who worked as counsel to former President George W. Bush.