Hardest Job in Virginia: Making Aaron Spence Look Good.

by Kerry Dougherty

We tried to warn you, Loudoun County.

We told you that Virginia Beach School Superintendent Aaron Spence was trouble. That he was one vote away from being sacked by the newly elected Beach school board when he decided to bolt for greener pastures. That he was a devoted wokester.

We even pointed to his wife’s crude New Year’s Tweet from January 2020 where she hurled a profanity at then-President Trump as she posted a photo of herself draped over her greasy-looking husband.

Spence was pressured to apologize. And he did, twice.

The Fun Couple is your problem now, Loudoun.

Shoot, the new school year was barely underway before news broke that Spence failed to inform parents – FOR 20 DAYS – that kids were overdosing on fentanyl in one Loudoun high school. He dodged pesky reporters and television cameras with the nerve to ask why he delayed.

In short, Spence is a public relations nightmare.

So it should come as no surprise that the superintendent’s brought one of his old mouthpieces up from Virginia Beach to run interference for him.

Natalie Allen is the new Chief Communications Officer for Loudoun County Public Schools.

But her quarter of a million salary has outraged the public, giving Spence yet another fire to extinguish. Nick Minock, an Emmy Award-winning reporter for ABC affiliate WJLA TV, is asking all the right questions about the controversial hire:

Loudoun County Public Schools is paying chief communications officer Natalie Allen a salary of $251k and she has around 12 years of communications experience. That’s more (money) than what taxpayers are paying Communications Supervisor Wayde Byard ($176k) who has been with LCPS for 20+ years. Taxpayers are also paying Allen more money than the Governor of Virginia, the White House Press Secretary, the Sheriff and the Commonwealth’s Attorney. Story: wjla.com/news/local/lou

According to Minock, not only does Allen have only a dozen years of experience, but she’s hauling in way more loot than others in the department who have been with the school division for 20 years or more. Oh, and it appears that some members of the school board were unaware of her juicy compensation package. And Minock is waiting for answers about whether Allen’s job was advertised and how many others applied for it.

Nice to see reporters committing actual acts of journalism. It doesn’t happen enough these days.

I texted last night with Virginia Beach School Board member Vicky Manning to see what she thought of Allen.

Manning told me that she voted against hiring Allen in 2018 because her salary was “way too high…she also did not have much executive experience at the time.”

And get this:

“She was also hired without the position being publicized.”


By the way, in her new Loudoun job Allen is making more than the governor. Last time I checked, Glenn Youngkin’s salary was $175,000.

Then again, Natalie Allen has a much harder job:

Trying to make Aaron Spence look good.

Republished with permission from Kerry: Unemployed and Unedited.

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16 responses to “Hardest Job in Virginia: Making Aaron Spence Look Good.”

  1. Dick Hall-Sizemore Avatar
    Dick Hall-Sizemore

    The first question I would ask would be why there was a need for a chief communications officer when the county school board already had a communications supervisor, Wayde Byrd, who had been there more than 20 years.

    1. Maybe she speaks Mr. Spence’s language…

  2. James Wyatt Whitehead Avatar
    James Wyatt Whitehead

    Tidewater Virginia has now furnished two duds as Superintendent in Loudoun. Eric Williams was the first mistake. That is when a once great school system began to come undone. Now they have this Spence fellow to deal with. I don’t feel sorry for Loudoun. They have had 3 election cycles to deal with poor leadership. This is what the voters wanted.

    1. The Virginia Beach City Schools have fallen a long way since the days when Dr. E. E. Brickell ran them.

  3. Kathleen Smith Avatar
    Kathleen Smith

    Reap what you sow.

  4. James C. Sherlock Avatar
    James C. Sherlock

    WJLA’s Nick Minock deserved his Emmy. He is a great investigative reporter. If he ever has a strange “accident”, there will be a significant number of suspects in London County.

    1. James Wyatt Whitehead Avatar
      James Wyatt Whitehead

      That station has a long tradition of great investigative reporting in the DC region going back to the 1970s. 7 on your side is their slogan.

      1. James C. Sherlock Avatar
        James C. Sherlock


    2. Eric the half a troll Avatar
      Eric the half a troll

      “If he ever has a strange “accident”, there will be a significant number of suspects in London County”

      You should not suggest such a thing even in jest. Please edit your comment.

  5. James C. Sherlock Avatar
    James C. Sherlock


    1. Stephen Haner Avatar
      Stephen Haner

      The Disqus Bug find you? Had me a while back…Here’s the photo.

      https://www.baconsrebellion.com/app/uploads/2023/12/Screenshot-2023-12-07-at-2.26.47 PM.png

      1. James C. Sherlock Avatar
        James C. Sherlock

        It apparently did. Thx.

  6. Stephen Haner Avatar
    Stephen Haner

    The important thing about this story is this lady and her ridiculous salary for a phony baloney job, and the large team of leeches sucking in tax money along with her, is actually typical of many local government feudal fiefdoms. And they whine about wanting more money incessantly.

    In my four years “inside” I said hell no to much similar nonsense but was not able to stop it all. My favorite was the request to give the AG a protection detail, something that was indeed done later. He (or she’s) just a lawyer. Somebody shoots the AG we can find another lawyer.

    1. Dick Hall-Sizemore Avatar
      Dick Hall-Sizemore

      I’m still laughing over that last sentence. What a great line!

  7. So — Allen is the Chief Communications Officer while Wade Byard is Communications Supervisor. What’s the difference?

    How many people are in the Communications Department?

    What does the Communications Dept do?

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