The White House confirmed on Friday that Angella Reid, the first woman to hold the job of chief usher, is no longer in the position, The Washington Post reported. Reid had been chief usher since taking over the job in 2011 and was only the second African-American to hold the job. Chief usher is a position that has seen remarkably little turnover throughout the decades. Reid was just the ninth chief usher since 1885, when the role was formally implemented, and the job is one of the staff positions that is considered non-political, which leads to people remaining in them for long periods of time, regardless of whether a Republican or Democrat occupies the Oval Office. Stephen Rochon, the chief usher who preceded Reid, told CNN one White House staffer in a non-political job had been in the role for more than half a century.
The White House didn’t provide a reason for Reid’s departure, multiple reports said. According to ABC News, an administration official said Reid is “no longer employed by the White House.” The official went on to say, “We are very grateful for her service and wish her the very best.”
The Washington Post reached Reid by phone and she confirmed the news of her departure, but declined to comment further, saying, “I think it’s best if the White House explains.”
The chief White House usher functions as the general manager of the building, overseeing a staff of 100 and running all aspects of functions that take place on White House grounds. The person in that role also works closely with the first family and provides advice on how White House decor and furnishings. Watch the video below for more on the story.
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