More than 50 people vie to lead Housing Authority
David Riley, Staff writer
More than 50 people have submitted résumés in hopes of being the next executive director of the Rochester Housing Authority, an attorney for the board overseeing the agency said Thursday.
Friday is the last day for candidates to apply, said H. Todd Bullard, the board’s employment counsel. Résumés have come in from across the country, he said.
The authority board hopes to have a permanent director in place by March or April.
The position has been in flux since October, when the board, with a new majority appointed by Mayor Lovely Warren, fired executive director Alex Castro and hired City Councilman Adam McFadden as interim director. McFadden resigned in December after federal housing officials said his roles with the city and authority violated conflict-of-interest rules.
The board since reached a $93,000 severance deal with Castro and named Shawn Burr, a longtime manager at the authority, as interim director as it conducts a search for a permanent hire.
The authority has listed the permanent director job with an annual salary between $120,000 and $150,000, depending on the candidate’s experience.
Castro made about $135,000 a year before taxes.
The board plans to set up a screening committee to choose the top three candidates by mid-February and conduct screening interviews soon thereafter. The board then plans to present the candidates at a public meeting before making a hire.
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