Small Virginia Office Uses Community Volunteers in Advisory Board  (2020)

Office of the Commonwealth’s Attorney (City of Alexandria, Virginia)

Population: 160,505 | Number of Full-Time Prosecutors: 14 | Contact Information

In the summer of 2020, the Commonwealth’s Attorney’s Office initiated plans for a community advisory board by seeking applications online from constituents. As a relatively small office, much of the recruitment for the board was handled directly by the office’s elected prosecutor, Bryan Porter. Members were selected by Porter, who based his selections on a variety of factors including the applicant’s reason for applying, the applicant’s background, and the area in which the applicant lives.

The board meets once a quarter and focuses on educating citizens on the criminal justice system, discussing community concerns, and getting feedback on proposed legislation.

WATCH Commonwealth’s Attorney, Bryan Porter, discuss the formation of their Community Advisory Board.