Photos: Surprise witness

Capt. Gary Settle and Peter Luke
Alex Sharp VIII | Rappahannock News

Virginia State Police Capt. Gary Settle presents Peter Luke with a plaque honoring Luke’s nearly 30 years as Rappahannock County’s commonwealth’s attorney. (Luke remains the county attorney, so Settle knew he could surprise him at Monday night’s board of supervisors meeting.)

The award was given on behalf of the Virginia State Police to thank Luke for his career-long support of law enforcement. When Luke took over as prosecutor in 1984, county native Settle had just started as a sheriff’s deputy. Now Settle, who eventually was elected sheriff of Rappahannock County, is the head of the criminal investigations unit of the state police’s Culpeper division.

Luke, who retired Dec. 31, joked with the supervisors: “One of the best parts of my job was working with Gary at the Virginia State Police, because believe it or not, some people in law enforcement can be pretty tough to deal with.”

Board of Supervisors
Alex Sharp VIII | Rappahannock News