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About the Office
Historical & Political Information
  • The office of Commonwealth’s Attorney is a Constitutional office established under Section 4, Article VII of the Constitution of Virginia.
  • The Commonwealth’s Attorney is elected every four years at a regular November election of the voters of their jurisdiction (county or city) for a four-year term which commences the first day of January following the election, unless otherwise provided by law.
  • Localities may, by special provision of the constitution, share constitutional officers. However, the Commonwealth's Attorney for the City of Fredericksburg serves only the jurisdiction of the City of Fredericksburg.
  • Duties and compensation for these officers are prescribed by general law or special act.
  • The Commonwealth’s Attorney must be a member in good standing of the Virginia State Bar which is responsible for licensing and regulating all attorneys who practice in the Commonwealth of Virginia.

Former Commonwealth's Attorneys
The history of the Commonwealth's Attorney's Office of the City of Fredericksburg can be traced back to the 1800s as follows:
  • John G. Mason: 1880 - 1888
  • John T. Goolrick: 1888 - 1892
  • William A. Little, Jr: 1892 - 1896
  • Alvin T. Embrey: 1896 - 1904
  • John T. Goolrick: 1904 - 1906
  • Granville R. Swift: 1906 - 1909
  • William W. Butzner: 1910 - 1921
  • Frank M. Chichester: 1922 - 1925 
  • W. B. F. Cole: 1926 - 1963
  • J. M. H. Willis, Jr: 1963 - 1973
  • H. Harrison Braxton, Jr: 1973 - 1981
  • Ann (Palamar) Jarrell: 1982 - 1990
  • Charles S. Sharp: 1990 - 2008
  • LaBravia J. Jenkins: 2008 - present

It does not appear that there was a separate Attorney for the Commonwealth in the City of Fredericksburg before 1880.