PORTSMOUTH, Va. (WVEC) - Earle Mobley, who served as a Juvenile and Domestic Relations District judge in Portsmouth, died Sunday morning.

His passing was confirmed by Portsmouth City Councilwoman Elizabeth Psimas. She said she aware that he'd been ill for about a year, but was not aware or what the nature of his illness was.

Mobley served for 14 years as Portsmouth's Commonwealth's Attorney. He had a reputation for being tough but fair. Shortly after he was first elected, he created a six person team that focused on prosecuting drug dealers. Dozens were taken off the streets through his and his office's prosecutions. He was known for refusing to offer plea bargains.

When he was first elected, Mobley was the first Republican to be elected to a constitutional office in Portsmouth in over a century.

Mobley was appointed to the bench in 2014, and had served there since then. He was replaced in a special election by Stephanie Morales, who faces reelection this November.

Funeral arrangements are pending.