Meet Jerry Foxhoven, the former director of Iowa’s Department of Human Services, who did everything he could to get everyone to love Tupac like he did.
Foxhoven resigned out of nowhere last month after sending the passionate email which reminded everyone that Pac’s birthday was coming up. That was just one of MANY emails that he had sent to his staff.
Emails obtained by The Associated Press showed that Jerry sent messages quite often to employees discussing Tupac’s music and lyrics.
The publication obtained 350 pages of emails with the words ‘Tupac’ or ‘2Pac’ sent to and from Foxhoven during his two-year stint, in which the fan explained he was inspired by Tupac’s lyrics, which included ‘It’s time for us as a people to start makin’ some changes.’
In the emails, Foxhoven marked the anniversary of Pac’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.
Not to mention, he also was the host of “Tupac Fridays” where he would play his music in the office. He traded lyrics with employees and even marked his 65th birthday with Tupac-themed cookies, some of which were decorated with the words “thug life.”
Things went a little too far last month when he told 4,300 employees to mark Tupac’s birthday by listening to one of his songs. Someone clearly got upset.
The following work day state, governor Kim Reynolds told Foxhoven to resign, though a spokesman for the governor would neither confirm nor deny whether the email played a part in her request for his resignation.
Keep ya head up Jerry!