A 66-year-old Iowa state official was requested to resign final month days after he despatched an agency-wide e mail to 4,300 workers highlighting lyrics from rap legend Tupac Shakur.
Iowa Division of Human Providers Director Jerry Foxhoven was reportedly requested by Republican Gov. Kim Reynolds to submit his resignation on June 17, the Monday after he despatched a Friday mass e mail through which he invoked the late rapper.
Within the e mail, which featured a big picture of a smiling Shakur, Foxhoven requested workers to mark the “Hit Em Up” rapper’s birthday that weekend by listening to certainly one of his songs. He additionally famous the event of his two-year anniversary as director and thanked the workers for his or her work.
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A spokesman for the governor would not affirm or deny the stories that Foxhoven’s e mail was the impetus for Reynolds’ resignation request.
“Because the governor has stated, a whole lot of components contributed to the resignation of Jerry Foxhoven and now Gov. Reynolds is trying ahead to taking DHS in a brand new course,” spokesman Pat Garrett instructed The Related Press.
Foxhoven’s e mail, nevertheless, turned out to be solely certainly one of many occasions the director has showcased his Shakur fandom throughout his tenure.
No less than 350 pages of emails obtained by The Related Press revealed Foxhoven hosted weekly “Tupac Fridays” throughout which he would play the enduring lyricists tunes within the workplace. He continuously traded track lyrics with workers and even marked his 65th birthday with Shakur-themed cookies — together with ones embellished with the phrases “Thug life.”
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Emails confirmed Foxhoven additionally paid tribute to Shakur on the anniversary of his still-unsolved homicide, shared his lyrics about love on Valentine’s Day and used the rapper’s picture in a bid to enhance the company’s tradition.
He instructed colleagues he was impressed by such lyrics as: “It is time for us as a individuals to begin makin’ some modifications.”
Whereas some members of his workers praised Foxhoven’s efforts, nevertheless, at the very least one worker filed a criticism.
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The ousted director instructed The Related Press he would not imagine his departure was a results of the Shakur e mail, regardless of reportedly not receiving a cause for why he was requested to exit. Foxhoven added he believes Reynolds merely made the choice to “go in a unique course” and that her thoughts was made up even earlier than he despatched the June 14 e mail.
The company had been embattled in a number of controversies together with tough contract negotiations with managed care corporations that run the Medicaid program, a trial detailing alleged mistreatment of boys at a state juvenile dwelling, and an uptick in deaths at a middle for the disabled.
The Related Press contributed to this report.