Constitutional officers will be focus of Tuesday night’s public forum at Luray VFW

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LURAY, Sept. 20 — The Page County Public Forum will host a “meet and greet” and opportunity to learn more about the five constitutional officers serving Page County at 6:30 p.m. tonight (Tuesday, Sept. 20) at the Luray VFW just east of Luray off Route 211 (218 Veterans Lane).

The Virginia Constitution defines local government officials known as “constitutional officers” in Article 7, Section 4: “There shall be elected by the qualified voters of each county and city a treasurer, a sheriff, an attorney for the Commonwealth, a clerk, who shall be clerk of the court in the office of which deeds are recorded, and a commissioner of revenue.”

Do you know what functions of the government that each office is responsible for? Do you know the people who currently hold the office? Tonight’s forum offers an opportunity to learn about both.

“We are excited to have the opportunity to make the public aware of each of our roles in county government,” Page County Treasurer Penny Gray said. “We feel some attendees will be very surprised that most of our jobs are very tightly intertwined with each other. Our Forefathers were very [forward-thinking]… they somehow knew that the most important role in each Constitutional Officers job, is to protect and be a voice for the Citizens.”

Page County Constitutional Officers:

Penny Gray, Treasurer

The Treasurer is responsible for ensuring the fiscal integrity of public funds, managing the investment of local funds, and issuing payments from the funds of the local government. The Treasurer is elected for a term of four years.

Chad Cubbage, Sheriff

The sheriff shall enforce the law or see that it is enforced in the locality from which elected; assist in the judicial process; and be charged with the custody, feeding and care of all prisoners confined in the county or city jail. The Sheriff is elected for a term of four years.

Bryan Cave, Commonwealth’s Attorney

The Attorney for the Commonwealth is responsible for the prosecution of criminal offenses in Page County. The Office prosecutes all felony and misdemeanor charges brought in the County and oversees the victim/witness office. The Commonwealth’s Attorney is elected to a term of four years.

Grayson Markowitz, Clerk of the Circuit Court

The circuit court is the trial court with the broadest powers in Virginia. Page County Circuit Court is in the 26th Judicial Circuit of Virginia. The court handles all civil cases and has the authority to hear serious criminal cases called felonies. It also handles family matters, and hears cases appealed from the General District Court and from the Juvenile and Domestic Relations District Court. The Circuit Court Clerk is elected for a term of eight years.

Becky Smith, Commissioner of the Revenue

As the Chief Tax Assessor for Page County, the Commissioner’s Office provides assessments of Personal Proerty, Real estate, and Meals and Lodging taxes. It issues Business Licenses, and assists with Virginia state income taxes, tax relief for the elderly program and the Land Use program. The Commissioner of the Revenue is elected for a term of four years.

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Get tickets now for the Page County Public Forum’s “Page Valley Gathering and Fundraiser” set for 4 to 7 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 2 at River’s Bend Ranch just south of Stanley off Riverbend Road. The non-profit will offer games, pulled pork sandwiches, desserts, an auction and music by Isaac Stroupe. Tickets are $25 per person. Tickets are on sale at the Luray-Page County Chamber of Commerce, 18 Campbell Street in Luray, or from any Steering Committee members of the Forum. Look for upcoming events on the Forum’s Facebook page.

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