Iowa government employee ousted after constantly emailing his colleagues about Tupac

Jerry Foxhoven sent over 350 Tupac-themed emails during his two-year tenure as Director of the Iowa Department of Human Services

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Iowa government employee and diehard Tupac fan Jerry Foxhoven

    Imagine feeling so passionately about a band it actually gets you fired from your job? That just might be the case for Jerry Foxhoven, whose love for Tupac Shakur may have cost him his post as Director of the Iowa Department of Human Services.

    After taking on the position in 2017, Foxhoven proceeded to distribute emails to coworkers praising Tupac’s music. According to documents uncovered by The Associated Press, the 66-year-old employee sent at least 350 pages’ worth (!) of such fan material.

    Not only that, but Foxhaven also celebrated holidays and special occasions with Tupac-themed treats and messages. For Valentine’s Day, he sent out an email quoting an appropriately sweet Tupac lyric from “Dear Mama” which read, “There’s no way I could pay you back but my plan is to show you that I understand, you are appreciated.”


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    For his own birthday, the government worker brought in boxes of Tupac cookies that featured the face of the legendary rapper, as well as song titles “Thug Life” and Changes”. Additionally, he regularly presented “Tupac Fridays” listening sessions. And once, while giving advice to a fellow employee, Foxhoven said these lyrics from “Changes” helped to keep him inspired at the DHS:

    “We gotta make a change/ It’s time for us as a people to start makin’ some changes/ Let’s change the way we eat, let’s change the way we live/ And let’s change the way we treat each other.”

    Despite his good intentions to spread the word of the rap icon, Foxhoven was asked to resign in June. The request came just hours after he sent an email to over 4,000 employees celebrating Father’s Day and Tupac’s birthday “Pay no mind to those who talk behind your back, it simply means you are 2 steps ahead,” read the last message he shared as Director.

    (Read: Tupac Shakur’s 20 Best Songs)

    Foxhoven’s diehard fandom was mostly well received, though at least one complaint was made against him, according to AP. The DHS hasn’t officially given a reason for letting go of Foxhoven, only stating that there were multiple factors that contributed to the decision.


    “As the governor has said, a lot of factors contributed to the resignation of Jerry Foxhoven and now Gov. Reynolds is looking forward to taking DHS in a new direction,” remarked spokesperson Pat Garrett.

    This “new direction” apparently has no room for Tupac, but here’s hoping Foxhoven’s next job will make better use of his obvious enthusiasm and deep knowledge.

    Check out more excerpts from Foxhoven’s Tupac emails. Head to AP for the full story.

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