A 66-year-old Iowa official was forced to resign only days following one of his hundreds Tupac-related emails to 4300 employees.
Jerry Foxhoven was the director of the State Department of Human Services for two years, during which time he shared his admiration for slain rapper, Tupac Shakur. On Friday, June 14, 2019, Foxhoven sent out an email to the over 4000 employees reminding them of Father’s Day and of Tupac’s birthday, which fell on the same day. This was not unusual for Foxhoven, who employees said sent out messages mentioning Tupac hundred of times. The office also celebrated his life by Foxhoven’s ‘Tupac Fridays’ where Tupac’s music was played in the office, Unilad reported. In addition to Tupac Fridays, he celebrated his 65th birthday by sharing Tupac themed cookies.
The weekend following his email reminding everyone in the office of Tupac’s birthday and Father’s Day, which fell on the same day. On Monday he was called into an office and asked to resign. Foxhoven said that he did not believe that he was removed due to the email and it was just a coincidence. In fact, Foxhoven said that he was asked for a meeting with Governor Kim Reynolds prior to the email. The New York Times reported that Reynolds’ chief of staff the reason for the dismissal is that the governor wanted to take the agency in a “different direction”.
Foxhoven who has been a Tupac fan since the 90’s said that he shared the Tupac facts and quotes to raise the morale within the agency. In addition to being a Tupac fan, Foxhoven told Unilad that he is also a Snoop Dogg fan.
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