Westmoreland County

Montross, VA

Constitutional Officers

The Virginia Constitution requires the county to have qualified, elected officers to carry out its most important duties. Westmoreland County, Colonial Beach and Montross residents vote for county Constitutional Officers. Constitutional officers serve 4-year terms, with the exception of the Clerk of the Circuit Court, whose term of office is 8 years.

Clerk of the Circuit Court

The Clerk of the Court administers civil and criminal court cases as well as county land records. This office records deeds, issues and records marriage licenses, serves as probate judge, maintains court files, prepares jury lists, contacts jurors and issues summons and court processes.

Gwynne Chatham (gchatham@courts.state.va.us)
175 Polk Street
P.O. Box 307
Montross, VA 22520

Commissioner of the Revenue

The Commissioner of the Revenue assesses real estate, personal property and other county taxes. This office also processes your Virginia income tax return before it goes on to the state level and will help you complete your return - at no charge - if you need assistance.

Carol Gawen (cgawen@westmoreland-county.org)
George D. English Building
111 Polk Street
P.O. Box 68
Montross, VA 22520

Commonwealth's Attorney

The Commonwealth's Attorney prosecutes criminal and traffic cases in the Westmoreland County Courts. The position is similar to that of the District Attorney in other states.

Julia H. Sichol (jsichol@westmoreland-county.org)
George D. English Building
175 Polk St., Door 256
P.O. Box 967
Montross, VA 22520

Christopher D. Robison (crobison@westmoreland-county.org)
Assistant Commonwealth's Attorney


The Sheriff's Office is responsible for protecting your life and property by enforcing the law, dispatching emergency services, serving legal process and providing courtroom security. For general information, visit the Sheriff's Office online. In an emergency, dial 911.

Sheriff C. O. Balderson (sheriff@westcoso.us)
175 Polk Street
P.O. Box 305
Montross, VA 22520


The Treasurer is the county's chief financial officer. The Treasurer's Office collects county real estate and personal property taxes, fees and state income and estimated income tax payments, makes payments and invests county funds. It also sells county vehicle licenses and dog licenses.

Sue Jones (treasurer@westmoreland-county.org)
George D. English Building
111 Polk Street
P.O. Box 730
Montross, VA 22520

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