By: Michael Campbell | Twitter: @itsthesoup
Posted: August 25, 2019 | 12:30 p.m.
Longtime county attorney honored after 10 years of service to PG
PRINCE GEORGE – August 1 brought change to the Prince George Board of Supervisors and the county’s leadership as a whole as one of its constants, longtime county attorney Steven Micas wrapped up his service to the locality after a decade of providing his vast legal expertise to various county representatives in a myriad of departments.
Even though this month concludes Micas’ time as Prince George County’s legal advisor, he returned to the boardroom he has spent hundreds of meetings in for at least one more time last week as he was honored by the community and those he worked closely with for his ten years of service to the county.
Joined by his family, County Administrator Percy Ashcraft had the honor of formally reading the commendation recognizing Micas for the work he did during his time with Prince George, which dates back to July of 2010.
“Steve has been a respected legal advisor, counselor, and friend to board members and staff in Prince George County, demonstrating the integrity of a true public servant,” the commendation read. “Steve has negotiated contracts, agreements, and legal documents that have been the backbone [in] allowing the county to administer its business throughout the years.”
An attorney with an incredible understanding of laws, Micas’ career in public service has allowed the, often described, quiet and humble lawyer to garner a legendary reputation across the Commonwealth. Prior to his time in Prince George County, Micas was the longtime county attorney for neighboring Chesterfield County, aiding their community for nearly 35 years.
As the county administrator reflected on Micas’ time in the county, he shared the reality that many of Micas’ effort will last into the future well after he has concluded his time with Prince George.
“Many lawyers like to be front and center and they like to have an appeal about them, whether it’s their clients, or a judge, or their peers, they know who they are. Steve Micas is the opposite,” Ashcraft shared. “He kept a low profile while he was here in Prince George and all he wanted to do was do good work for the board. I wrote a blog a few weeks ago when he announced he was leaving and in that blog, I said that he has been the conscience of our board.”
Outgoing county attorney Steven Micas shares a parting message with the Prince George Board of Supervisors and the community as he departs after ten years with the county. (Michael Campbell)
He continued, “As a parliamentarian, he made sure that these meetings were kept orderly and in closed session, he made sure we only talked about only what we went back to discuss and, whenever someone was close straying, Steve would real them in. As a lawyer and a county attorney, he certainly had a high level of responsibility to the daily actions of our government but he never had a pretense that his job was any more important than any department head that I had.”
Ashcraft praised Micas for his constant professionalism and respect the attorney showed to him and all of the county’s staff and others who have interacted with the office Micas has stepped down from.
“He is a man who gained his fame by keeping a low profile and not by being a show man and I admire him deeply,” the county administrator shared.
While discussing the expansive catalog of works done by Micas, Ashcraft harkened back to the time just before Micas’ hiring as the county’s attorney, when things were done slightly differently than they are now.
“About 15 years ago, the county utilized its Commonwealth’s Attorney as its county attorney,” he detailed. “Then, Martin Robertson retired, he was our county attorney for a brief period of time and he got sick. We had to use a firm to guide us through that. Then the board at that time did a search and Steve was hired. So, Steve was really the first attorney who you could call who was on staff and even though his status was part-time because of what was considered a part-time position with limited hours, he was a full-time attorney. He was here all the time, he was accessible, he never missed a meeting or social event, or any activities that were pertinent to the day-to-day operations of our government.”
Ashcraft also offered praise to Micas for the poise at which he engaged with the public on a daily basis.
“He never got excited about a comment that was made from the other side. He would just calmly presented the county’s case and more often than not, that caused our position to prevail,” the county administrator shared. “I know he came from Chesterfield County after 34 years but, he came over here and immediately wore our uniform.”
As Ashcraft read the commendation, Micas was joined by his family and, after posing for photos with them, he offered kind words to supervisors and the county’s staff as he prepares to depart and begin his next stage of life.
“The board has been really easy to work with,” he shared. “They have been very open and concerned about doing the county’s business in the right way,” also thanking former supervisors Reid Foster, William Gandel and William Robertson who were in the audience for last week’s special recognition.
“The biggest gift that I got was to be able to work with the employees in this county,” Micas continued. “They are so hard-working and principled. It is a workforce with character and the board is lucky to have that,” while reflecting on the memory of the late George Poulson and Leigh Primmer.
“They may not be with us but they remind us of the kind of employees here. I couldn’t have had a better time here and it is very gratifying,” he closed.
Steven Micas is joined by his family and County Administrator Percy Ashcraft following a special ceremony honoring the longtime county attorney for his ten years of service to Prince George County. (Michael Campbell)
An hour later, the county would select its new county attorney, Daniel Whitten of Front Royal, Virginia. According to county officials Whitten currently serves as Warren County’s attorney and is a graduate of the University of Virginia and the William and Mary School of Law. He will begin his service on September 16 at a salary of $117,300.
As Micas embraced his family as he exited the boardroom for what is likely his last time, Ashcraft shared a special message for the outgoing attorney.
“He was a champion for this county and when you look at the successes we have had in this county over the last decade, his work is written all over them, be it the contents of the ordinances, the contract negotiations, and, one of the most difficult things an attorney has to do is advise on personnel matters,” he said. “We don’t have a lot of critical ones, but the ones that we have to deal with, he was right there to guide us along.”
“He and his family deserve the time together because he spent a lot of time away from his family and I am glad to see that union happen in a big way,” Ashcraft closed.