Karen Walker serves as the administrative assistant for the City Attorney and the City Manager. The office is located at 55 W. Church Street, Suite 213, on the second floor of the Municipal Building. Contact this office at 276-403-5196 or 276-403-5198.
Eric Helms Monday has roots reaching back in our region to the 1740s, when his ancestors first settled in the area. Eric's parents practiced law together in uptown Martinsville for almost 30 years, and Eric grew up running errands around the courthouse. After graduating from Martinsville High School in 1988 he attended the University of Virginia, receiving bachelor's degrees in history and foreign affairs. He was a member of the Raven Society, the oldest academic honors society at the University, and also of the Jefferson Literary and Debating Society, the oldest student society in continuous existence in the United States. He lived in one of Thomas Jefferson's original Lawn Rooms, a honor conferred upon only 54 undergraduates in their final year. After graduation he was named a Governor's Fellow, assigned to the office of the Attorney General of Virginia.
Eric remained at the University of Virginia for law school, where he was on the editorial board of the Journal of Law and Politics. He was also a research specialist at the Weldon Cooper Center for Public Service, where he studied Virginia local government and provided staff support to the Governor's Commission for Ethics in Government.
Upon receiving his law degree in 1995 Eric clerked for the Hon. Jackson Kiser, then Chief United States District Judge for Western Virginia. He opened his own law office soon thereafter, and has since served as president of both the Martinsville Henry County Historical Society and the Patrick County Chamber of Commerce, a member of both the Patrick County Economic Development Authority and the Henry-Martinsville Board of Social Services, and chairman of the Board of Deacons at Martinsville's Starling Avenue Baptist Church, where his grandparents were charter members. He also served as Attorney for Patrick County for four years.
Attorney for the City of Martinsville since 2003, Eric is also general counsel to the Blue Ridge Regional Airport Authority and maintains a selective private law practice. His interests include history, travel, wooden motorboats and the restoration of his family's 1841 farm in Franklin County. He is married to Monica Taylor, a partner in the Roanoke law firm of Gentry, Locke, Rakes and Moore. They have one child, a son named Helms.