Colin Stolle, City of Virginia Beach Commonwealth’s Attorney
Like many kids in Virginia Beach, Colin grew up in a Navy family. His father, Ed Stolle, proudly served in the Navy for 22 years. The family moved to Virginia Beach in 1971, when Colin was one year old, as a part of his father’s last duty assignment. The family has resided here ever since. Colin is the youngest of six kids. He has four brothers and one sister. He attended Star of the Sea Catholic School growing up and graduated high school at Cape Henry Collegiate in 1988. Colin then attended Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond and earned a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science in 1992.
Upon graduating from VCU, Colin – like two of his brothers had previously done– entered into the Virginia Law Reading Program. Virginia is one of a few states where you can still become an attorney by “Reading Law.” It is the same process Thomas Jefferson completed to become an attorney, and it is still in place today. While Colin studied law in the evenings, he worked during the day in the Office of the Commonwealth’s Attorney.
Colin served as the “Habitual Offender Coordinator,” helping prosecutors remove the most dangerous drivers from our roads. It was at this point that Colin decided that the only thing he wanted to do with his legal career was be a prosecutor. Before Colin even took the bar exam, the Office of the Commonwealth’s Attorney trusted Colin enough to allow him to try cases on a weekly basis, even a jury trial, under a statute that allows law students to practice law under a supervising attorney. Colin has devoted his entire career to public safety. He passed the bar and was hired as an Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney in 1996. Since that time, he has handled every type of case from speeding to capital murder. He has served on the Property Crime Team, Precinct Trial Teams, Juvenile and Domestic Relations Team, and the Vice and Narcotics Team. Colin worked his way up in the office by constantly handling one of the most heavy and serious caseloads in the office.
In 2004, Colin was promoted to Deputy Commonwealth’s Attorney and supervised a trial team that consisted of both the 2nd and 3rd Police Precincts. Colin continued to carry a heavy caseload while taking on a management role in the office. In 2005, Colin was promoted to Chief Deputy Commonwealth’s Attorney. As Chief Deputy Commonwealth’s Attorney, Colin supervised 35 attorneys, 18 paralegals, and, with the rest of the staff, a total office of 86 dedicated public servants. Colin’s duties involved overseeing and managing a multi-million dollar budget consisting of both state and local funds. In 2013, Colin was elected Commonwealth’s Attorney, and he intends to continue in that capacity for many years to come. While management responsibilities take up most of Colin’s time at this point, he still handles some of the most serious and high-profile cases that come into the office. Virginia Beach is seeing some of the lowest crime rates in a very long time. Colin credits this drop in large part to the partnership between Virginia Beach law enforcement, the community, and Office of the Commonwealth’s Attorney.
Colin is dedicated to keeping Virginia Beach the safest city of its size. Colin is proud to serve as a member of the Executive Board for the Virginia Association of Commonwealth’s Attorneys and the Board of the Chesapeake Bay Alcohol Safety Action Program. Additionally, Colin belongs to the Association of Government Attorneys in Capital Litigation (AGACL). Colin met his wife Denise while they attended VCU together. They have been married for over 20 years and have two sons, Colin Jr. and Ian.