Letter: Thanks to Jack Gill
This is a letter of appreciation for the 20 years of service that Jack Gill has given to Mathews County as its Commonwealth’s Attorney. Though Jack is a dear friend and I have known him for over 40 years, my support for him in every election has been based on his outstanding performance in that position. Ask anyone who has firsthand knowledge of him in that capacity and you will hear of his unquestionable integrity, his knowledge, recall and application of the law, his compassion for the victims he serves, and his determination to achieve justice in each and every case he brings before the court.
Throughout our friendship I have admired his gentle manner and good humor in his interactions with his wife, Cathy, and their three daughters, as well as extended family and friends. However, while working with his team on the Taylor Behl murder case, I witnessed firsthand just how thorough, brilliant and relentless he was in building a solid case against her murderer. His compassion for Taylor and her family was evidenced by everyone involved in the case and was reinforced in the recent letter of support for his reelection campaign that was written by Taylor’s mother and published in this paper. I realized that in every case the many variables and legal proceedings of a prosecution can affect its outcome. The complexities of the law do not always result in the cut and dry verdict that we as laypersons tend to expect.
The campaign for the election of a Commonwealth’s Attorney is by no means a popularity contest given that in a town of this size, those who are prosecuted, and possibly their family and friends, would probably not be inclined to embrace a candidate who has convicted one among them. However, suffice it to say, there are many who appreciate the outstanding job Jack has performed for the law-abiding citizens of Mathews County for the past 20 years. And true to his character, Jack felt confident that he was doing the best job for Mathews County and therefore, did not feel the need to resort to personal attacks during the campaign.
I want to thank you, Jack, for your outstanding service and know that whomever you serve in the future will be in good hands.
Cobbs Creek, Va.