Longtime Chesterfield County Attorney has announced his decision to retire effective June 11, according to a press release from the county. Micas will take a break before beginning his tenure as the county attorney for Prince George County, effective July 19.
In the release, County Administrator James J.L. Stegmaier says Micas has been “a friend for more than 30 years.”
“We are losing one of the best legal minds in the business, but we were fortunate to have had Steve as county attorney for Chesterfield for close to 34 years,” Stegmaier says. “He always had the best interest of the county and its residents foremost in all that he did.”
Micas’ lengthy list of achievements while representing Chesterfield County includes scores of cases where he successfully defended county departments and employees in lawsuits and civil-rights claims, the release says. In 2000, Micas received the highest award available to public attorneys, the Edward J. Finnegan Award. In 2004, he was elected to the Virginia Bar Foundation, in which membership is limited to the top 1 percent of all lawyers in Virginia.
Micas was appointed in 2008 by the chief justice of the U.S. Supreme Court as an instructor in the State Bar Association’s mandated professionalism course. His work has helped to establish important legal principles at the state and federal levels, the release says, such as resurrecting the use of the cash proffer system across Virginia, which has resulted in billions of dollars in promised revenues for infrastructure; establishing the right to use monotheistic invocations before legislative bodies; and affirming the government’s ability to require civility at public meetings. Micas is also a recognized expert on eminent domain and has authored many publications on the issue.
Art Warren, Clover Hill District supervisor and past board chairman, says: “Steve has been an invaluable part of a successful team of experts that the county holds in high regard. He has been flawless in protecting the county’s position and making sure that the county is open and transparent toward the protection of the rights of Chesterfield County citizens.”