Herring creates panel to review attorney general’s office

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A newly created three-member review panel is charged with identifying efficiencies and needed reforms in the attorney general’s office.

The review panel is aiming to ensure that the office is operated in a manner befitting “a modern, major law firm representing the interests of the people of Virginia,” according to statement from Attorney General Mark R. Herring.

The panel consists of nonpartisan individuals with expertise in managing large organizations in the legal industry, the public sector, and the private sector, the statement said.

The volunteer panel will be chaired by Bill Leighty, managing principal of DecideSmart, a former chief of staff to Govs. Mark R. Warner and Timothy M. Kaine, and a former director of the Virginia Retirement System.

Leighty will be joined by W. Taylor Reveley III, president of the College of William and Mary, and Katherine Busser, executive vice president and central Virginia market president of Capital One.

The panel’s job is to determine whether taxpayer dollars are being efficiently spent and comply with the law and standards of legal ethics and professionalism, including budget management and finance, the execution of the office’s responsibilities under the Freedom of Information Act and the Conflict of Interest Act, use of outside counsel and information technology infrastructure.

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