Tim Heaphy, counsel for the University of Virginia, and George Mason University counsel Brian Walther have been let go, by Virginia’s new Republican attorney general, Jason Miyares spokeswoman Victoria LaCivita told The Washington Post.
School counsel within Virginia’s public colleges and universities are appointed by the attorney general.
Heaphy, who with UVA also confirmed his removal, worked at the school for about three years. He was on leave from the job to work as the top investigator for the U.S. House of Representatives panel investigating the Jan. 6, 2021 insurrection at the Capitol, the newspaper said.
LaCivita said Heaphy’s firing had nothing to do with that investigative role. Heaphy was a “controversial” hire and Miyares’ Democratic predecessor, Mark Herring, had “excluded many qualified internal candidates when he brought in this particular university counsel.”
No explanation was given as to why Walther was let go of his duties there at the university. Walther referred questions about his firing to George Mason’s university communications department, which referred questions to Miyares’ office. The school said Walther had served as counsel since 2017 and “the Mason community is grateful to Brian for his work and his many years of service.”
– Meriqua Whyte