Apr 24, 2011 2:08 PM by Chris Welty
LAFAYETTE, La. (AP) - A new board of employees from the U.S.
Department of Housing and Urban Development has set new policies to
deal with nepotism, absenteeism and ethics at the Lafayette Housing
A HUD spokeswoman says the agency has cut $300,000 in contracts,
tightened financial controls and reassigned staff since taking over
the troubled local agency March 31, citing questionable spending
and management found by state audits.
The audits had prompted the resignation of former executive
director Walter Guillory in October.
HUD spokeswoman Patricia Campbell says that the agency plans to
hire a chief operating officer to help manage the Housing
The board of local residents was replaced with two HUD
employees: Dan Rodriguez, director of public housing in HUD's
Houston field office, and Ada Holloway, director of public housing
in HUD's Atlanta regional office.
HUD will eventually turn over operations to a local board, but
that take anywhere from months to years.
"Our goal is not to be here a long time," Campbell said.
The agency also plans to re-evaluate staff positions and
contract with an outside accountant to review the housing
authority's books every month.