Scott County native hired as prosecutor to work out of Abingdon focusing on high-volume drug cases and illegal guns
RICHMOND, Va. (October 22, 2015) – Attorney General Mark R. Herring announced that he has hired a new prosecutor, Suzanne Kerney-Quillen, to serve out of Abingdon in Southwest Virginia. Kerney-Quillen, a native of Scott County, will focus on high-volume drug crimes, illegal gun enterprises, and other pressing public safety issues facing Southwest Virginia. With this hire, Attorney General Herring has now placed a prosecutor to serve in each region of the Commonwealth to try cases at the federal and state level.
“Our new prosecutor will complement the great work of law enforcement to tackle pressing public safety threats and keep communities safe,” said Attorney General Mark Herring. “Suzanne brings over a decade of experience prosecuting cases at the federal and state level, and she’s spent most of her career in Southwest Virginia. She’s a great addition to my team and will be an asset to combatting public safety issues in Southwest Virginia.”
“I am excited about the opportunity to join Attorney General Herring’s office and to continue to work with law enforcement agencies across Southwest Virginia in this new role,” said Suzanne Kerney-Quillen. “As a career prosecutor, I am dedicated to public safety and community outreach to help make our communities safer. As a Southwest Virginia native, I am proud to be part of the excellent law enforcement community we have in our region.”
Kerney-Quillen’s hire is part of Attorney General Herring’s revamped prosecution structure, which includes OAG prosecutors cross-designated to try cases at the federal and state level in each region of the Commonwealth. Her role will also contribute to the prosecutions and partnerships section of his five-point plan to combat heroin and prescription drug abuse.
Kerney-Quillen joins the Office of the Attorney General with more than ten years of experience working in a variety of prosecutorial roles including her role as Special Assistant U.S. Attorney for the Western District of Virginia, Deputy Commonwealth’s Attorney for Wise County and City of Norton, and Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney for Buchanan County. Most recently, Kerney-Quillen served as an Assistant U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Tennessee. Kerney-Quillen graduated from Appalachian School of Law in Grundy and King University in Bristol, Tennessee.