Editors note: A tweet included in this article contained incorrect information and has since been removed.
Virginia Attorney General Jason Miyares fired 30 staff members, 17 of whom were attorneys, Friday, according to the Richmond Times-
Miyares was sworn into the position of Virginia Attorney General on Jan. 15 alongside Republican Governor Glenn Youngkin, according to the Richmond Times-Dispatch. (RELATED: Outgoing State Attorney General Says Police Forge Documents To Force Confessions From People)
“During the campaign, it was made clear that now Attorney General-elect Miyares and Attorney General Herring have very different visions for the office. We are restructuring the office, as every incoming AG has done in the past,” Miyares spokesperson Victoria LaCivita said, according to the Richmond Times-Dispatch. LaCivita told the Daily Caller that 2 of the personnel changes made were in the Office of Civil Rights.
AG elect Miyares is looking forward to fully analyzing and evaluating the entire Office of the Attorney General in the days and weeks after the Inauguration. After he’s had time to do this, we will announce any other office changes.
— Victoria LaCivita (@VLaCivita) January 14, 2022
“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,” said former AG Herring spokesperson Charlotte Gomer, regarding the fired staff members, according to 13NewsNow. “Their absence will be a significant loss to the mission of the Office of Attorney General.”
Miyares announced on Twitter his intention for his office to investigate scandals involving the Virginia Parole Board and Loudoun County schools, and that some of these investigations have already been opened.