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More than 10 years after he joined James City County’s legal office, Adam Kinsman has been chosen to take the helm as county attorney.
Kinsman has served as interim county attorney since former county attorney Michelle Gowdy stepped down in December.
He was one of five applicants considered for the position. He was appointed to the position after a closed session of the JCC Board of Supervisors Feb. 23.
Kinsman started out as assistant county attorney with James City County in 2005. He was promoted to deputy county attorney in 2007 and held the position until 2014 when he became assistant county administrator.
He said he would work in both capacities – as county attorney and assistant county administrator – until a new assistant county administrator is hired.
Kinsman said he is looking forward to working collaboratively with members of the legal office.
“I have a really great staff,” Kinsman said. “Any goals would be shared amongst all of us.”
Kinsman is James City County’s fourth county attorney. He is preceded by Frank Morton, who served as county attorney for 31 years, and Leo Rogers, who held the position for 10 years.
Kinsman earned his bachelor’s degree from the University of Virginia and a law degree from the University of Richmond.
He serves on the United Way of Greater Williamsburg, Colonial Community Criminal Justice, LEAD Williamsburg and Williamsburg Bar Association boards.