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Hanover's chief prosecutor plans to return after being sidelined since August by cardiac emergency
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Hanover's chief prosecutor plans to return after being sidelined since August by cardiac emergency

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Hanover County Commonwealth’s Attorney R.E. “Trip” Chalkley said he plans to return to the office as soon he is physically able after being sidelined with a “cardiac problem” since August that required surgery and ongoing treatment.

“I’m doing well. I feel fine; I’m weak obviously,” Chalkley said Wednesday in a phone interview from his home. “I have a cardiac problem that’s been resolved. The surgery was a success — the doctor’s pleased. The [plan] now is just getting stronger to go back to work full time.”

Chalkley, 70, said he’s been working from home and is in daily contact with his office.

The prosecutor said he experienced a sudden medical emergency of which he has no clear recollection.

“I just remember feeling bad,” he said. “I don’t remember going to the hospital, I don’t remember the surgery, I don’t remember the first part of rehab.”

But since then, Chalkley said he’s been on the road to recovery.

“I have no lack of memory, no lack of brain function, I have no speech problems, I have no movement problems,” he said. “So I was very, very lucky.”

Chalkley said he doesn’t know what the future holds until he finishes his course of treatment — but he’s optimistic.

“I plan on returning to work,” he said, but a target date has not been set.

“I don’t know when I can be released to drive a car,” Chalkley added. “I’ve still got therapy to go through and all of that.”

Chief Deputy Commonwealth’s Attorney Shari Skipper is leading the office while he’s away.

Chalkley, who has held the office since 2007 and was last re-elected in 2019, dismissed rumors that he plans to retire at the end of the year and name an interim successor at that time.

“That’s 100% false,” he said.

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