FRONT ROYAL – Bryan Layton has tossed his name into the hat to replace Commonwealth's Attorney Brian Madden, who was recently appointed a judge in the 26th Judicial Circuit Court.

Layton, 48, has served as an assistant commonwealth's attorney under Madden for 11 years. Layton announced this week that he is seeking the Republican Party’s nomination in the November 2019 election.

Before coming to Warren County, Layton served as an assistant commonwealth's attorney in Halifax for four years. He has also taught paralegal studies program courses at Lord Fairfax Community College as an adjunct professor since 2015.

Having worked as a prosecutor for so long, Layton said over the phone that he has come in contact with an enormous amount of people and those relationships will serve as foundations in dealing with the needs of the community.

A news release states that during Layton’s tenure in Warren County, he handled cases including sexual assaults, domestic violence, child abuse, arson and murder. It adds that he was a special prosecutor in seven jurisdictions including the neighboring Rockingham, Shenandoah and Clarke counties and the City of Winchester.

Layton has also provided continuing legal education and training to law enforcement at the Skyline Regional Criminal Justice Academy in Middletown and the Warren County Sheriff’s Office, according to the release.

It adds that he is already working to improve local law enforcement agencies’ initial interactions with victims and “has facilitated specialized training on that subject” that will take place in May.

Layton’s focus, the release states, will be to renew and improve communication and cooperation between law enforcement and the Commonwealth's Attorney office.

Layton said the office has done a lot of things right over the years. He added that there is always room for improvements such as fostering better coordination and teamwork between various agencies, which would benefit the community as a whole.

The release adds that Layton “is committed to continuing to work with law enforcement to build on our past success while bringing forward interdictions of chronically intoxicated individuals and other community prosecution measures that impact the quality of life in Warren County.”

The release states that throughout his career Layton has worked with victims of crimes and in 2009 received the Harmony Place Peacekeeper Award for his efforts in assisting domestic violence victims.

He is the first candidate to publicly announce intentions to run in the election.

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