Tupac superfan ousted from government job after constant emails about slain rapper

Rapper Tupac Shakur appears at the MTV Music Video Awards in New York on Sept. 4 1996

Rapper Tupac Shakur appears at the MTV Music Video Awards in New York on Sept. 4 1996

Foxhoven was, according to the AP, not afraid to share his Tupac appreciation with his subordinates at the Department of Human Services.

The day after a company-wide email was sent to 4,300 people, he was asked to resign.

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

After Foxhaven sent an email to all 4,300 DHS employees last month telling them to listen to Tupac's songs in honor of the late rapper's birthday, Gov. Kim Reynolds (R) apparently had had enough.

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

At least one employee reportedly complained to lawmakers about Foxhoven's 'Pac fixation, which seems like an overreaction, but on the other hand, 350 pages is a lot of emails. "(He would be 48 if he were alive)", Foxhoven wrote in his email".

However, a spokesperson for Reynolds did not confirm or deny that Foxhaven's mass email was the last straw that led to his forced resignation.

Only God can judge him - but the governor of Iowa can fire him.

Foxhoven's ouster came amid multiple controversies involving the agency, which has a almost $7 billion annual budget.

The agency had been embattled in several controversies including hard contract negotiations with managed care companies that run the Medicaid program, a trial detailing alleged mistreatment of boys at a state juvenile home, and an uptick in deaths at a center for the disabled. Still, Foxhoven's job had not appeared to be in danger. Prior to his work in the agency, he was a Drake University law professor. Foxhoven added he believes Reynolds simply made the decision to "go in a different direction" and that her mind was made up even before he sent the June 14 email.

In the email, which featured a large image of a smiling Shakur, Foxhoven asked employees to mark the "Hit Em Up" rapper's birthday that weekend by listening to one of his songs.

Part of the reason Foxhoven dispersed so many notes about the "California Love" artist was to "break down racist stereotypes about rap music", pointing to Shakur's masterful and layered lyricism.