The White County Housing Board met this morning in a special session to interview and subsequently hire a new executive director. There was only one applicant for the job. [Read more...]
Just as the White County Housing Authority is looking for a new Director to fill the vacancy created by retiring six year director Leigh Short, two more commissioners submitted their resignations from the board in letters on Friday. [Read more...]
White County Housing Director Leigh Short announced her pending retirement in the closed session part of today’s White County Housing board meeting. She reportedly announced it at last month’s closed session, but it was not made known to the public. Today a vote was taken by the board to give her (corrected to 81 from 280) days of unused sick pay so that she could retire early. The board also voted to give her a retirement gift of $3000. Short has served the housing authority as director for six years. [Read more...]
Housing Authorities: What do they do?
A housing authority is the local administrative agency for housing assistance programs funded by the federal Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). Large cities have their own housing authority, and smaller towns are served by a county authority. All housing authorities provide rental housing or rental assistance to low-income families, the elderly and people with disabilities.
White County Housing attorney Marvin Miller put it this way at a recent Housing meeting:“Every decision you make is to take care of the tenants. That’s what this organization is for.” [Read more...]
Before roll call was even made at the White County Housing Authority’s meeting last Thursday morning, Chairman Christina Wells and board attorney Marvin Miller began asking questions about the election status of Commissioners Terry Daubs and Skip Land, with the attorney stating that two elected public officials who were receiving pay in those positions could not serve on the Housing board at the same time. [Read more...]
In another jolt to the White County Housing Authority, which has recently come under scrutiny for alleged failures to adequately serve housing residents, obstruct inquiries by its own board members, as well as complaints of a hostile work environment, the retirement of Chip Judge after 22 years became known yesterday, as a letter from him was read at the housing board’s March meeting. The letter stated he was retiring as of March 10.. [Read more...]
Following the close of the monthly White County Board meeting last night, a fiery public hearing was held with the White County Housing Authority board to discuss recent allegations that have been made about board and director practices. A crowd of Crossville and Grayville residents filled the courtroom as Board Chairman Ron McAnulty expressed his concerns about the allegations. [Read more...]