M. Andrew Nester

Commonwealth's Attorney
Title: Commonwealth's Attorney
Andrew Nester leaning on a propped up knee

Andrew Nester is a lifelong resident of Henry County and has a deep-rooted passion for serving the community in which he lives, works and raises his family. Growing up, Andrew always knew he would work and serve in the community where he was raised as he watched each of his parents work and retire from public service.

Andrew graduated from Bassett High School with the highest honors and ranked number five in his graduating class. While in high school Andrew participated in numerous dual enrollment classes through the local community college and many extracurricular activities to include National Honor Society, Beta Club, and JROTC Air Rifle Team. Andrew’s air rifle team secured multiple state championships and the team was ranked sixth in the nation.

Following graduation from high school, Andrew entered Ferrum College to major in criminal justice and minor in business. While at Ferrum College, Andrew obtained his Emergency Medical Technician certification, which he still holds current today. In addition, and outside of his studies at Ferrum, Andrew obtained his advanced firefighting certifications, along with numerous additional fire, EMS and diving credentials. Furthermore, Andrew was an active member of both the Ferrum Volunteer Fire Department and the Ferrum Volunteer Rescue Squad where he devoted many hours of service to the community. In December of 2001, a semester early, Andrew graduated magna cum laude and was recognized as the outstanding criminal justice graduating senior by achieving the highest GPA among other peers graduating in the criminal justice major.

The following fall semester Andrew enrolled in the Appalachian School of Law. In May of 2005 he graduated, suma cum laude, ranked number two in his class. During his three years at ASL, Andrew developed a passion for studying criminal law and completed an externship and a third-year practice in the Henry County Commonwealth’s Attorney’s Office.

In November of 2005 Andrew joined the Henry County Commonwealth’s Attorney’s Office as an Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney. In the spring of 2013 he was appointed as Chief Deputy Commonwealth’s Attorney and later assumed the role of Commonwealth’s Attorney in July of 2013 where he continues to serve the citizens of Henry County. Even as the elected, and administrator of an office of over a dozen employees, Andrew continues to maintain a full court docket and routinely appears in all three of the local courts.

For over two decades, Andrew has served his community as a volunteer firefighter/EMT. He is a life member of the Collinsville Volunteer Fire Department. Having previously served as fire chief, he currently serves as the department’s vice president and as a trustee. In addition to teaching legal and law enforcement related classes on a local and statewide level, Andrew often instructs local fire and EMS classes at the training center.

Andrew is married to his wife, Christy, and lives in the Figsboro area of Henry County. He and his wife have two sons, River and Tyde. The family are members of Rich Acres Christian Church where Andrew also serves as an Elder.


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