Public Housing Director Dismissed

Paul Chedda — the Executive Director of the public housing authority for less than a year — was given the boot on Wednesday. He was an import from New York, brought in for the job, and is said to have just been bad to work with, unable to accept criticism. He ended up firing most of the maintenance department, leaving just two employees to make repairs in all seven public housing developments, leaving a $9.5M repair backlog. The board basically hated working with him, so they made use of a severance clause in his contract. Chedda followed Del Harvey, who resigned out of the blue in May of 2003.

John Yellig has the skinny in the Progress.

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