Reggie Hill, uncle to Mayor Lovely Warren, has resigned as the city's director of executive services. Warren's appointment of Hill set off accusations of nepotism and was due to be reviewed by the city's ethics board. The status of that review now is unclear.
The resignation is effective immediately.
"I want to be very clear that this is a decision that Mr. Hill has come to on his own," said Warren spokesperson Christine Christopher in a statement released moments ago. "He told me personally he no longer wants to be a distraction from the important work that Mayor Warren was elected to do."
Hill, a retiring state trooper, essentially acted as one of two personal bodyguards for Warren. But he was suspended from the job and fined after it was revealed that he had twice been stopped for speeding while driving Warren. Warren drew criticism, too, and intense media scrutiny for being less than candid about the traffic stops.
Christopher said that Hill can still apply for the permanent position of director of executive services. The previous appointment was temporary until the Civil Service process played out.