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Full-time attorney eyed in King George
King George's next county attorney will work for the locality full time

Date published: 8/24/2012

By CATHY DYSON

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.

CRASHES AT ROUTE 206

Supervisors also heard a report from Sheriff Steve Dempsey about accidents at the intersection of Dahlgren and Owens roads.

His report shows 41 crashes in the past 10 years.

His data don't reflect the findings of Virginia Department of Transportation engineers, said Supervisor Ruby Brabo.

VDOT wants to add turn lanes to the intersection--a project that residents and the board oppose. During a July session with the board, VDOT officials said the improvements were needed because most accidents at the intersection involved a car rear-ending another as someone waited to turn off Dahlgren Road.

But the sheriff's data showed only 10 percent of the crashes were rear-enders. Forty percent were angular crashes, as motorists attempted to turn onto Dahlgren Road from Owens Road or Windsor Road, Brabo said.

She's afraid the situation will worsen if the drivers have more lanes to cross.

Board members agreed to pass along new data to VDOT and to reiterate that King George officials and residents don't want the $4.1 million project.

A RIBBON-CUTTING

The board scheduled a ribbon-cutting ceremony for the new Sheriff's Office building at 4 p.m. Oct. 2.

At 5 p.m., the supervisors will go over a draft of the Comprehensive Plan with the Planning Commission.

The supervisors' regular meeting will start at 6 p.m.

Cathy Dyson: 540/374-5425
Email: cdyson@freelancestar.com