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.
“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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