RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) — Richmond Commonwealth’s Attorney Michael Herring intends to resign, sources told 8News on Friday, and take a position at the McGuireWoods law firm. Herring has been Richmond’s top prosecutor since 2006. 

Deputy Commonwealth’s Attorney Colette McEachin, Rep. Donald McEachin’s wife, will take over for Herring until a special election can be held. 

McGuireWoods Managing Partner Tracy Walker told 8News over the phone on Friday that the firm is “absolutely thrilled” to have Herring join them this summer. Walker continued by calling Herring “a great leader and highly respected lawyer.”  

The office of Richmond Mayor Levar M. Stoney released a statement on Herring’s resignation after the announcement:

Mike Herring has been an outstanding Commonwealth’s Attorney for the City of Richmond who has served the residents of our city with dedication and distinction for 13 years.

Mike’s keen and progressive legal mind, fairness and commitment to justice, both inside and outside the courtroom, has made Richmond a safer and more equitable place to live.

We will miss Commonwealth’s Attorney Herring’s steady and principled leadership in this critical law enforcement role, and I join the residents of the City of Richmond in honoring his public service and in wishing him well in the next chapter of his professional life.”

                                                                       -Mayor Levar M. Stoney 

Walker said he expects Herring to begin work in July. Click here to read Herring’s resignation letter to Mayor Stoney. 

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