After the jump, the official announcement from the Dallas Housing Authority concerning the resignation of CEO Ann Lott. But first, the lead: "The Dallas Housing Authority (DHA) Board of Commissioners accepted the resignation of Ann Lott, president and CEO effective July 29, 2008 during a special called meeting of the board to discuss personnel matters." As her official bio notes, Lott's been with the DHA for more than 20 years -- but, of course, folks following the story know she's been under seige for quite some time, dating back to Laura Miller's tenure as mayor.
In fact, in December 2006 it looked as though Lott was out, after the board considered not extending her contract following former chair Guy Brignon's concerns over an audit. Not coincidentally, Lott's resignation comes just as the DHA is expecting yet another audit by the U.S. Housing and Urban Development Office of Inspector General. Miller named Betty Culbreath the board's chair in January 2007, and she's the one who makes the formal announcement after the jump. --Robert Wilonsky
Update, 12:07 a.m.: Wuh-oh: DHA sees dead people, then subsidizes them to tune of $167,000. Which, turns out, is the good news.
DHA CEO Resigns
Dallas, Texas (July 29, 2008) The Dallas Housing Authority (DHA) Board of Commissioners accepted the resignation of Ann Lott, president and CEO effective July 29, 2008 during a special called meeting of the board to discuss personnel matters.
Lott began her career as a management clerk more than 20 years ago and became the second female president in September 2000.
“Ms. Lott has done a lot for DHA and Dallas,” said Betty Culbreath, board chairwoman. “I believe she did what is in the best interest of the agency.”
The board appointed Troy Broussard, chief of staff, as interim president and CEO while they conduct a national search. Broussard has been with the agency since 1992 and has worked in several positions including housing counselor, planner, resident services, vice president of Affordable Housing and as chief of staff.
DHA provides housing assistance to more than 60,000 eligible citizens through its public housing and voucher programs throughout the Metroplex. The agency has become a national model among public housing authorities throughout the nation for its housing initiatives.