Nathan Cope is the Lee County Treasurer

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Nathan P. Cope is the Lee County Treasurer. Nathan was first elected to serve the citizens of Lee County in November 2019 and began working in the office January 1, 2020. Mr. Cope is in his first term as Lee County Treasurer. 

Nathan is the son of Lawrence Cope and Debra Parsons of Jonesville and is a lifelong resident of Lee County. He has been happily married to his wife Chanda since 1995. Together they have two sons – Hunter Cope and Tanner Cope. Nathan is very proud of where and how he was raised. Mr. Cope was raised on a farm in the Flatwoods area where he spent many hours in the hay fields and tobacco patches learning hard work and the true value of a dollar. 

Nathan has nearly 24 years of public service which began at Wallen's Ridge State Prison in 1998. He held all security positions to include, Corrections Officer, Institutional Investigator, Corrections Lieutenant, and Corrections Captain. Then in January of 2016 he became the Chief of Security at Wise Correctional Unit. This is the highest ranking security position in the Department of Corrections.  

In November of 2015 Mr. Cope was elected to represent and serve the citizens of District #2 on the Board of Supervisors.  Nathan is no stranger to public service or hard work. Mr. Cope served as Vice Chairman and Chairman of the Board during his four year term. One of his proudest accomplishments is that during his time as Board of Supervisor member, he attended over 330 meetings to assist and improve the County. He was selected to serve on boards that involved several different organizations to include:


  • Joint Budget Committee with Lee County Public Schools

  • AppCAA – He was elected Chairman of the Personnel Committee

  • Lenowisco

  • Social Services Policy and Procedure Board

  • EMS Director of Lee County (911,Sheriff’s Office, Fire and Rescue)

  • PSA meetings as BOS representative

  • IDA meetings as BOS representative


Nathan has made numerous improvements to the Treasurer’s Office. To include changing of the due date while he was on the BOS to October 31st. Adding a drop box in front of the Courthouse to save on postage and to make the drop off available 24/7. Adding both Powell Valley National Bank and Farmers and Miners Bank as tax ticket drop offs. By updating to a new printer system for the office so that the day to day operations will run quicker and more efficiently.  Mr. Cope has been attending and sending staff to training, which includes all three deputies being certified through the University of Virginia Weldon Cooper Center for Public Service as Master Governmental Deputy Treasurer’s.  This is the first time that any Deputy Treasurer has ever been certified through this program in Lee County History. Nathan continues to look for better and more efficient ways to better serve the citizens of Lee County. 

Nathan continues to be active in numerous professional associations to include: the Virginia Association of Local Elected Constitutional Officers (VALECO), the Treasurer’s Association of Virginia (TAV), the Southwest Virginia Clerk-Treasurer’s Association (SWVA), the National Rifle Association (NRA), BAI Treasurer’s User Group, Woodway Ruritan Club, Lee County Farm Bureau, 4-H Mentor, and on the Board of Lee County Recreation Center. 

Nathan and his staff in the Treasurer’s Office are proud to serve the citizens of Lee County, Virginia.