Iowa Official Ousted After Bombarding Staffers With Tupac Obsession

Iowa Department of Human Services Director Jerry Foxhoven 66 was asked by Gov. Kim Reynolds to resign on June 17 after he sent a mass email which featured a large image of the rapper smiling to employees the previous workday on June 14

Iowa Department of Human Services Director Jerry Foxhoven 66 was asked by Gov. Kim Reynolds to resign on June 17 after he sent a mass email which featured a large image of the rapper smiling to employees the previous workday on June 14

Foxhoven speaks in Toledo, Iowa, in 2013, while in a different job.

As for the content of these emails, Jerry Foxhoven frequently sent messages which praised Tupac's musical work.

The report states that Mr. Foxhoven regularly hosted "Tupac Fridays" where he would play the rapper's music in the office.

Emails showed Foxhoven also paid tribute to Shakur on the anniversary of his still-unsolved murder, shared his lyrics about love on Valentine's Day and used the rapper's image in a bid to improve the agency's culture.

Jerry Foxhoven, 66, routinely sent other employees messages that included inspirational quotes from Tupac songs and other messages about the rapper, according to 350 pages of email reviewed by the news agency.

Apparently, Foxhoven's final email told his fellow employees to mark Tupac's birthday by listening to his music over the weekend.

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A spokesperson for the governor's office did not confirm or deny to the AP that Foxhoven's Tupac evangelism had to do with his firing, writing only that "a lot of factors contributed to the resignation of Jerry Foxhoven", without elaborating about what those factors were.

According to emails recently obtained by the AP, however, his resignation may have been brought about at least in part by something less practical - his undying love for the music and philosophy of the late Tupac Shakur.

Foxhoven's ouster came amid multiple controversies involving the agency, which has a almost $7 billion annual budget. Still, Foxhoven's job had not appeared to be in danger.

Foxhaven said Reynolds chose to "go in a different direction" with the agency and doubts his emails had any influence on the decision. He said he wasn't given a reason for the resignation request but that he doubted Shakur was a factor. Foxhoven noted that, in addition to Shakur's birthday, he was celebrating his two-year anniversary as director and he thanked the staff for their work. The Associated Press reported an unusual story about the convergence of business and rap yesterday in which an Iowa state official was sacked after sending emails praising the music and life of late rapper Tupac Shakur.

"I love your 2pac messages ... and the fact that you still send them (despite the haters) makes me appreciate them even more", employee Lisa Bender wrote to him in an undated email.

Reponded Foxhaven: "I agree totally".

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