WISE, Va. — Wise County and the City of Norton will be losing their prosecutor, as he gets promoted to a new position.
Virginia Attorney General-elect Jason Miyares has announced his intention to appoint Commonwealth’s Attorney Chuck Slemp to the position of chief deputy attorney general of the state when he takes office Jan. 15.
“I am excited to announce that Chuck Slemp will be my chief deputy,” Miyares said. “There is no doubt in my mind that he will serve the Commonwealth of Virginia with the same passion that he has for the people of Norton and Wise. He is a smart and dedicated public servant, and together we will hit the ground running on day one to bring Virginians much-needed change.”
In his new role, he will be responsible for managing the day-to-day legal services and administrative functions of the office. Slemp has previously three other attorney general administrations.
“I am thankful for this opportunity to continue serving Virginians and the Commonwealth in this new capacity,” Slemp said. “I am so excited to join Attorney General-elect Miyares and his impressive new team to help make Virginia a safer place to live, work, and raise a family.”
Slemp has served as Wise County commonwealth’s attorney since being elected in November of 2015. He will be forced to resign the position once he moves into his new position.
A special election will be held to fill the position. In the meantime, Slemp’s deputy commonwealth’s attorney, Steven Craig Davis, will step in fulfill his boss’s role until that election.
“Steven Davis is a smart, passionate, and dedicated public servant, an excellent trial lawyer, and a caring leader,” Slemp said. “He has worked tirelessly for the past six years to help me serve our Commonwealth. Together, we have led a talented team of prosecutors and made a real difference in the lives of so many in this community. I am confident that our team will continue to serve with excellence and distinction under his continued leadership. I can’t think of anyone better to take over and continue what we have started during my tenure as Commonwealth’s Attorney. He has my full support.”
Davis also plans to run in the special election as a Republican.