Clarke County’s Commonwealth Attorney is promoted

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Virginia’s General Assembly has appointed Clarke County Commonwealth’s Attorney Anne M. Williams to serve as a General District Court Judge.

Clarke County reports that Williams will serve in the 26 Judicial Circuit of Virginia serving for 6 years starting August 1.

Williams has served as Clarke County’s Commonwealth Attorney since the retirement of Suzanne Mackall in April 2017.

The next Commonwealth’s Attorney for Clarke County and Town of Berryville will be named in August and serve until a special election is held.

Williams applied for the judgeship after the announcement that current General District Court Judge Chris Collins will be taking the Circuit Court bench after the retirement of Judge Brian Madden July 31.

Williams noted that a judge is a decision maker, it is a huge responsibility to decide legal issues.

A judge decides outcomes said Williams.

Williams noted that she hopes to perpetuate the culture of fairness to all participants in the courtroom.

Williams called her work in Clarke County an honor and privilege and she will miss her Clarke County co-workers.

The 42 year old Williams and her family moved to Clarke County back in 1989.

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Clarke County’s Commonwealth’s Attorney is appointed to judgeship

The latest Clarke County E-News reports that Clarke County’s current Commonwealth’s Attorney Anne Williams has been appointed to a General District Court Judgeship.

The General Assembly appointed Williams to be the 26th Judicial Circuit Court Judge starting August 1.

Williams may be assigned to any court in the district which includes Clarke, Frederick, Page, Rockingham, Shenandoah, and Warren Counties.

The 26th district also includes the cities of Winchester and Harrisonburg.

Williams was first sworn in as Clarke County’s Commonwealth Attorney in April 2017 after the retirement of Suzanne Mackall.

Clarke County will appoint their next Commonwealth’s Attorney in a special election in August. 

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