Meet the Director

Shannon Dion

Shannon Dion was appointed by Governor Ralph Northam as the Director of the Department of Criminal Justice Services in January 2018, after serving as the Department’s Director of Policy and Legislative Affairs since 2014.  Prior to joining the Department, Shannon worked at the Office of the Attorney General, where she was the head of the Criminal Prosecutions and Enforcement Unit.  As an Assistant Attorney General for almost seven years, she prosecuted crimes in state and federal courts, represented several public safety agencies, and implemented public safety initiatives.  Some of her more notable cases involved the federal prosecution of a state employee for embezzling funds from the Virginia Birth-Related Neurological Injury Compensation Program and the state prosecution of an elected official for corruption and embezzlement crimes. 

Prior to joining the Attorney General’s Office, Shannon was an Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney for the City of Richmond, where for six years she prosecuted everything from traffic offenses to white-collar crimes to murders. 

Shannon graduated from the University of Virginia and obtained her law degree from the University of Richmond, T.C. Williams School of Law.