Griffith takes over as county’s Commonwealth’s Attorney July 1

Justin L. Griffith will become Pulaski County’s next Commonwealth’s Attorney on July 1. Monday evening he was introduced to the Pulaski County Board of Supervisors.

Griffith will succeed Mike Fleenor who on March 3 was elected by the Virginia General Assembly as a Circuit Court Judge in the 27th Judicial Circuit which includes Pulaski, Bland, Carroll, Floyd, Giles, Grayson, Montgomery and Wythe Counties and Radford City.

Fleenor completes 20 years as the county’s prosecutor after having been elected in November 1999.

Fleenor’s first term as a judge will be for eight years.

Griffith has worked in the Commonwealth’s Attorney’s office for almost 9 years, joining the staff in September 2011 and rising to the position of Chief Deputy Commonwealth’s Attorney.

According to state law, Griffith will automatically take over as Commonwealth’s Attorney and serve until a special election can be held to select a new Commonwealth’s Attorney.

Following his introduction to the supervisors Monday, the board approved a resolution asking the Circuit Court to issue a Writ of Election to fill the prosecutor’s spot for the remainder of Fleenor’s unexpired term, and to hold that special election during the Nov. 3 General Election.

Whoever wins that Nov. 3 election will serve the final three years of Fleenor’s term.

Griffith said he plans to be a candidate in the Nov. 3 election.