VIRGINIA BEACH-- Harvey L. Bryant, Commonwealth's Attorney for the City of Virginia Beach, is retiring at the end of 2013.
'Being Commonwealth's Attorney in Virginia's largest city has been the most challenging and the most satisfying part of my career,' Bryant said.
The office is made up of 37 attorneys and a total staff of 87. 'These are, in my mind and experience, the best folks anyone could ask to work with.'
Bryant began his prosecution career in the Norfolk Commonwealth's Attorney's office. In 1979, he entered into a private practice and in 1987 Bryant went back to prosecuting for the United States Attorney's Office for the Eastern District of Virginia, Norfolk and Newport News division.
In 2000, Bryant was appointed to fill the remaining term of the Honorable Robert J. Humphreys, who had been appointed to the Virginia Court of Appeals. Bryant ran in a special election in 2000 and again in 2001 for a full four-year term, and has been re-elected two other times.
Bryant said his top accomplishments while in office were shutting down internet cafes in Virginia Beach, expanding the use of special grand juries and encouraging other jurisdictions to do the same, and being accessible to the media and public in an effort to educate and inform them about the work of the Commonwealth's Attorney's Office.
Colin Stolle will succeed Bryant as Commonwealth's Attorney and said he is grateful for the guidance and support received from Bryant over the past 13 years.
Stolle said Harvey has played a major part in keeping Virginia Beach one of the safest cities of its size in the country for many years, and he hopes and promises to work hard to maintain that status for Virginia Beach.