September 1, 2010
Members of the Virginia Supreme Court have chosen the court's first female chief justice.
The court says Justice Cynthia Dinah Fannon Kinser will assume the post February 1, 2011. She will succeed Chief Justice Leroy Rountree Hassell Sr., whose stint as chief will end January 31.
The justices elected Kinser to the post Tuesday.
Virginia's chief justice supervises the administration of the state's entire court system and may assign any circuit court judge temporarily to another circuit or call retired circuit judges back to active duty.
Former Gov. George Allen appointed Kinser to the court in 1997.