Former Philadelphia Councilmember Reynolds Brown has a new job in City Hall

Councilwoman Blondell Reynolds Brown has withdrawn as a co-sponsor of the bill to reduce the sweetened beverage tax.
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PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — Former Philadelphia City Councilmember Blondell Reynolds Brown is keeping her hand in city government. Reynolds Brown retired at the end of the last term and started a new job this week not far from her old office.

Reynolds Brown is now the director of strategic partnerships for the Register of Wills, a new position in which she says she'll be in charge of restoring, conserving and, ultimately, exhibiting historic documents the office has amassed through hundreds of years as the repository of citizens final legal word.  

"This particular division of government has been grossly underfunded when it comes to preservation of historical documents that go as far back as Benjamin Franklin," she said. 

This is an initiative of the new Register of Wills, Tracey Gordon, an independently elected row officer who was sworn in Monday. 

Reynolds Brown says the partnerships will be with art institutions.

"It's a unique opportunity to first craft a strategic plan that will be based on a lot of homework and talking with museum directors across the city to see how they do this," she said. 

The Register of Wills office is exempt from civil service hiring rules. It's been a bastion of patronage for decades. 

The job could allow Reynolds Brown to sign up for the controversial DROP program, in which city employees can take a lump sum pension payment. As an elected official, Reynolds Brown had promised not to take DROP.