Virginia’s new attorney general Jason Miyares fired 30 staffers and announced a probe into the Loudoun County School Board.
Friday’s firing, which took place a day before Miyares’ inauguration, included 17 attorneys and the entire conviction integrity unit.
Loudoun County School Board has come under Miyares’ spotlight after news of its extreme progressive policies and cover-ups swept the United States.
Miyares, a Republican, was sworn into office on Saturday in the state’s capital of Richmond. He joins Glen Youngkin and Winsome Sears in a GOP sweep of Virginia’s elections. Democrats still control the state senate and the secretary of state’s office.
Miyares spokesperson Victoria LaCivita spoke to reporters and said the firing of the 30 staffers was a routine change, as the state office’s employees knew that Miyares had a different focus than the previous attorney general.
“During the campaign, it was made clear that Attorney General Miyares and former Attorney General Herring have very different visions for how the office should be run. This is routine for a new administration,” she said.
“There are 523 people who work in the Office of the Attorney General, and 643 who report to the Attorney General statewide. Only 30 personnel changes were made. Attorney General Herring made more substantial cuts after he took over from his Republican predecessor.”
Emilee Hasbrouck, one of the staff members fired by Miyares, took to Twitter to express her thoughts on the change.
“Today, the incoming AG fired, among many others, the entire Conviction Integrity Unit. With no notice. I found out at 10 am. Two of my colleagues found out at 4 pm. I’m so sorry to all the people we didn’t get to help,” Hasbrouck wrote.
Today, the incoming AG fired, among many others, the entire Conviction Integrity Unit. With no notice. I found out at 10am. Two of my colleagues found out at 4pm. I’m so sorry to all the people we didn’t get to help.
— Emilee M. Hasbrouck (@EmileeManzi) January 15, 2022
While it’s routine for lawyers to be replaced when one party loses control of the office, the scope of the firing surprised the outgoing administration of Herring.
Herring spokesperson Charlotte Gomer said, “These are dedicated and professional public servants who do important work, like investigate wrongful convictions, protect Virginians’ civil rights, help to ensure free and fair elections, and prevent human trafficking and opioid abuse. Their absence will be a significant loss,” according to the Times-Dispatch.
Miyares vowed to investigate the state’s parole board over its alleged soft-on-crime policies.
Loudoun County School board is in his sights too. The controversial school board has become infamous in the last year. Initially, it gained attention for its hardline teaching of critical race theory-inspired ‘equity’ lessons about race. It was recently in the news again over a cover-up involving a 14-year-old boy in a skirt who sexually assaulted two different girls at two schools in the district.
“One of the reasons Virginians get so fed up with government is the lack of transparency – and that’s a big issue here,” Miyares said in a statement.