County Attorney


The County Attorney’s Office provides adaptive and creative legal solutions, and leads with integrity.

Who Are We?

We Represent

  • We represent the Board of Supervisors
  • We represent the County and County staff, and to a lesser extent, Constitutional Officers and their staffs

Who We Advise

  • The Board of Supervisors
  • County Administrator
  • County departments and staff
  • Constitutional Officers and their staffs
  • Boards, Commissions, Committees, and Subcommittees created, and members appointed by the Board of Supervisors

Our Core Functions

  • Aid in the interpretation of federal, state, and County laws, ordinances, resolutions, and regulations
  • Support the enforcement of the County Code and County ordinances, resolutions, regulations, policies, and decisions
  • Provide representation in both state and federal courts, and before state and federal administrative departments and agencies
  • Give high-quality and timely legal counsel, representation, and advice
  • Draft and review, and support department drafting of ordinances and resolutions
  • Draft and review deeds and plats for dedications of land, rights-of-way, and easements, for the acquisition of real property
  • Draft, review, and negotiate contracts and purchase agreements for the purchase of goods and services, construction, and the acquisition of real property; and leases, licenses, and right of entry agreements
  • Review and provide guidance regarding the Virginia Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) and related notice requirements and document production responses, and state and local public hearings requirements
  • Assist with Local Government Conflict of Interests Act (COIA) compliance by providing advice and opinions on prohibited conduct and the completion of disclosure forms
  • Support staff and provide advice in litigation involving the County where the County is not a direct litigant, including subpoena responses, bankruptcy cases, and garnishments
  • Seek to support the taxpayers of Stafford County by fully advising and informing the Board of Supervisors and County staff regarding liability and legal concerns prior to making a decision

Budget Summary

Funded Positions

Notable Changes


  • 4.5% Pay Scale Adjustment
  • 2.0% Salary Increase
  • 2.13% increase in Virginia Retirement System Rate
  • .03% decrease in the Virginia Retiree Health Insurance Credit Rate

  • Restore FY21 budget reductions


  • To provide accurate legal advice, office staff members continue to learn and stay abreast of legal requirements and changes in the applicable areas of law.
  • To provide creative legal advice, office staff members have a good understanding of many substantive areas of local government work and balance substantive knowledge with legal boundaries.
  • To provide timely legal advice, office staff members continuously explore and implement methods to improve and streamline office and County processes.
  • To provide proactive legal advice, office staff members train and educate County staff and public officials in pertinent, timely, and relevant areas of local government law.
Service Levels for County Attorney