Commonwealth's Attorney Profile

William B. Bray

William B. Bray

William B. Bray grew up in the beautiful Northern Neck of Virginia, just outside the town of Reedville. He received a B.A. with distinction at the University of Virginia in 1974 and taught for a year at Staunton Military Academy before attending law school. He received his Juris Doctor degree from William and Mary in 1979, and met his wife, Virginia Perry at William and Mary. They have one daughter who completed law school at the University of Richmond in 2008.

Mr. Bray worked as an Assistant Commonwealth's Attorney for Petersburg immediately upon passing the bar exam. He then left for the City of Richmond where he prosecuted criminal cases under Aubry Davis as an Assistant Commonwealth's Attorney for almost ten years. He returned to prosecute in Petersburg until 1997, leaving that office as Chief Deputy Commonwealth's Attorney. He prosecuted there first under the late Sidney Barney in 1979, followed by (now retired) Judge James Hume and later Cassandra Conover.
In 1997, Mr. Bray went into the private practice of law with his wife Virginia Perry as part of Perry & Bray, where he continued to practice criminal law as a defense attorney.

In 2005, the citizens of Colonial Heights elected Mr. Bray as the Commonwealth's Attorney, a position he is privileged to hold today. He also taught courses in the paralegal and criminal justice programs at a local college for more than ten years.

Mr. Bray has been one of only a few prosecutors in Virginia to obtain a life sentence for a drug dealer. While in private practice, he also was co-counsel on a wrongful death case that brought a jury verdict of 1.3 million dollars, one of the top jury awards in Virginia that year. In 2003, Mr. Bray was awarded the Congressional Order of Merit by the National Republican Congressional Committee and was selected as Businessman of the Year by the Business Advisory Council of the National Republican Congressional Committee.

Mr. Bray is delighted to serve the City of Colonial Heights as Commonwealth's Attorney and can think of no greater honor than to continue fighting for justice in this community.