Chicago city Treasurer Melissa Conyears-Ervin fires four employees, including chief of staff, as part of office shake-up

Gregory Pratt, Chicago Tribune
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Chicago city Treasurer Melissa Conyears-Ervin has fired four of her employees, including her chief of staff, as part of an office shake-up, she said in a statement.

Her communications director also has resigned to take a job outside city government, officials said.

The firings took place on Friday, a Conyears-Ervin spokeswoman said.

It’s not unusual for elected officials to make staff changes, but the decision to fire a handful of key staffers just before Thanksgiving raised eyebrows throughout City Hall.

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“As we come to the close of this year we are making changes to make the personnel changes to create a better fit between our agenda and the personnel needed to carry it out,” Conyears-Ervin said in a statement. “The four people let go have served us well, with dignity and proficiency and we wish them well. That said, it is time to move forward.”

A former state representative, Conyears-Ervin was elected city treasurer in April 2019. Last year, she clashed with Mayor Lori Lightfoot over the Police Department’s decision to stop providing the treasurer with a police security detail. In a contentious exchange of emails, Lightfoot stood by the decision to strip Conyears-Ervin of her detail.

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