Our Prosecutors

Gerald Arrington

Gerald Arrington

Commonwealth’s Attorney

Gerald is a native son of Buchanan County, Virginia, and is a graduate of Grundy Senior High School. He attended UVA-Wise, receiving his Bachelor of Arts degree in Government, and went on to graduate 5th in his class from the Appalachian School of Law, receiving his Juris Doctor degree magna cum laude. In 2004, Gerald was admitted to the Virginia bar, and later served Buchanan County as an Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney. Gerald prosecutes cases in all courts, with a primary focus on violent crimes, drug distribution cases, and crimes against children.

Nick Compton

Nick Compton

Senior Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney

Nick is a native of Buchanan County, Virginia, and a 1989 graduate of Council High School. He attended the University of Virginia’s College at Wise (Clinch Valley College), receiving a Bachelor of Arts degree in History. He was a member of the charter class at the Appalachian School of Law and received his Juris Doctor from there in 2001. Nick has been practicing law since 2001 and is admitted in Virginia, the United States District Court for the Western District of Virginia, the United States Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals, and the United States Supreme Court. Additionally, he has several published appellate decisions in the Virginia appellate courts.

Sandra Ward

Sandra Ward

Asst. Commonwealth’s Attorney

Sandra is a native of Buchanan County, Virginia, and is a graduate of Garden High School. She attended Virginia Intermont College at Bristol, Virginia, receiving a Bachelor of Science degree in Paralegal Studies, Summa Cum Laude. She later graduated from the Appalachian School of Law, Magna Cum Laude and received her Juris Doctor from there in 2002. Sandra worked as a local law clerk and with the Virginia Employment Commission before opening her practice in 2004.

John Dusewicz

John Dusewicz

Asst. Commonwealth’s Attorney

John is a second generation attorney and resident of Grundy, Virginia. He studied History at the University of Delaware, graduating in 2005. In 2008 he received his law degree from the Pennsylvania State Dickinson School of Law. Following law school, he briefly worked in the fields of complex civil litigation and environmental law arbitration, but the call of public service was too great. He loves Buchanan County and the practice of criminal law.

Crawford Ellsworth

Crawford Ellsworth

Asst. Commonwealth’s Attorney

Crawford is a resident of Hurley, Virginia. He graduated Old Dominion University in 2006, with a Bachelors of Science in Political Science and a minor in Business Administration. He graduated from Appalachian School of Law in 2010, and was admitted to the Virginia Bar in October of 2010.