PORTSMOUTH, Va. (WVEC) -- The Hampton Roads Regional Jail has appointed a new assistant superintendent.

Linda Bryant will officially take over the position. Her role will focus on professional standards, investigations and compliance.

Bryant is a Hampton Roads native who began her career in the U.S. Army as a Judge Advocate General's Corps officer and lawyer stationed at Fort Eustis in Newport News, providing legal services to soldiers and their families.

Later in her career at the Norfolk Commonwealth's Attorney's Office, Bryant became a Deputy Commonwealth's Attorney, where she was responsible for handling and ultimately supervising the Mental Health Court Dockets, the Re-Entry Court Dockets, and the Drug Court Dockets.

In January 2014, Bryant left Hampton Roads and went to Richmond after being appointed to head the largest division in the Office of the Attorney General, the Criminal Justice and Public Safety Division.

Bryant will begin her duties as assistant superintendent on Tuesday, Oct. 11.