Iowa Official Fired After Sending Mass Email About Tupac

Jerry Foxhoven, who served as the director of the Iowa Department of Human Services, was fired a day after sending a mass email to all 4,300 agency employees telling them to listen to music from Tupac. 

The email from Foxhoven apparently wasn’t that random, as he had shared his love for the artist with colleagues for years. 

According to the Associated Press, “Foxhoven, 66, told employees that he had been a huge fan of the hip-hop artist for years. He hosted weekly “Tupac Fridays” to play his music in the office. He traded lyrics with employees and he marked his own 65th birthday with Shakur-themed cookies, including ones decorated with the words “Thug life.”’

The AP went on to report “The agency released 350 pages of emails with the words “Tupac” or “2Pac” sent to and from Foxhoven during his two-year tenure in response to an AP request. They show that Foxhoven marked the anniversary of Shakur’s death, shared one of his lyrics about love on Valentine’s Day and used the rapper’s image to try to improve the agency’s culture. He told colleagues he was inspired by lyrics that included: “It’s time for us as a people to start makin’ some changes.”’

An employee had complained to lawmakers in 2018 about the frequent references. 

The email the day before he was asked for his resignation was recommending employees listen to Tupac’s music over the weekend to celebrate the late singer’s birthday.

Officials will not confirm whether the email led to his ousting.

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