Mayor Frank Scott, Jr., Names New Spokesperson, Interim Chief Education Officer

Seal of Little Rock
Wednesday, Mar 09, 2022

Media Release

City of Little Rock Public Relations (501) 371-4421

Contact: Spencer Watson | (m) 501 804 4822 |

LITTLE ROCK – Aaron Sadler has been named as the new director of communications and spokesperson for the Office of Mayor Frank Scott, Jr., effective March 28.

“We’re certainly pleased to have someone of Aaron’s breadth of experience joining our team, helping us keep the people of our City informed on all the work we are doing to unite, grow and transform Little Rock,” said Scott.

Sadler is veteran communications professional who has worked for five attorneys general, as well as having led communications for the Arkansas Press Association.

“I am eager to return to Little Rock to help Mayor Scott and his team make a positive difference and improve our community. I want to amplify the stories of the public servants working collaboratively to grow Little Rock forward,” said Sadler.

Scott also tapped Dionne Jackson, Ed.D., the City’s chief equity officer, as interim chief education officer. Jackson will take over for Jay Barth, Ph.D., who is stepping down effective March 14.

We appreciate the remarkable foundation Dr. Barth has laid in his work as Chief Education Officer, particularly in developing and implementing our community schools model with the Little Rock School District (LRSD),” said Mayor Scott. “That work, along with the numerous projects managed by our Chief Education Officer, such as our summer literacy program, digital equity, and various grants, will be in capable hands under Dr. Jackson’s leadership while we search for a permanent successor. Education is a key pillar of this administration, and we are committed to carrying out the work Dr. Barth started.”  

Jackson joined the City in April 2021 as a 25-year veteran of education. She is the former LRSD educator, former executive director of AR Kids Read and the former chief diversity officer of Hendrix College.