Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli (R) is losing his second-in-command.

Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli speaks in King George County Feb. 21 (Peter Cihelka/AP/The Free Lance-Star)

“I knew from the day I hired him that he would only be here for a short time,’’ Cuccinelli said in a statement. “Because of his love for his commonwealth and his sense of duty to her people, he agreed to come on board to help me run the office, but with the understanding that it would be a temporary role for him.”

West was elected to the Circuit Court in 2000. Before that, she served as a juvenile and domestic relations judge and as director of the Department of Juvenile Justice and secretary of public safety for then governor George Allen (R). She also served as assistant commonwealth’s attorney in Virginia Beach and deputy commonwealth’s attorney in Norfolk.