The way forward for Jacksonville Housing Authority CEO Fred McKinnies is unclear after a report circulated Thursday that the agency’s board positioned him on paid depart while complaints about him are investigated.
The board held a special meeting Thursday morning where WJXT TV-four reported the board accredited the transfer unanimously and named Vice President Dwayne Alexander as interim CEO.
Telephone and e mail messages to McKinnies and Alexander were not returned. Asked if the TV report was accurate, a city spokeswoman, Marsha Oliver, stated the query must be directed to the company board.
Messages to 4 board members weren’t returned.
A fifth member, Richard Weber, informed a reporter “I can’t touch upon an ongoing thing like that” and ended a telephone conversation.
Members of the board, which oversees authorities-sponsored housing providers for about 10,000 households, are unpaid mayoral appointees.
The specifics of any grievance to the housing authority are unknown.
Throughout a board meeting last month, the agency’s supervisor of government affairs, Linda Sims, stated the agency suffers from misconduct and abuse of energy, however board chairwoman Roslyn Phillips stated the considerations couldn’t be mentioned then because they weren’t on a posted agenda for the meeting.
It’s not recognized whether those comments are part of any investigation.
Sims also didn’t return a message Thursday, however written remarks she prepared for final month’s meeting touched on topics together with safeguards towards monetary fraud; how details about abuse of energy complaints are disclosed to the board; and “hostile working environments” that can drive off staff.
McKinnies has labored at the housing agency since 1993, rising from a task as a resident providers venture director to turn into president and CEO 20 years later.
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