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Thursday, May 3, 2012

Turmoil at Little Rock housing agency

Posted By on Thu, May 3, 2012 at 4:34 PM

Something's up at the agency once known as the Little Rock Housing Authority, now called the Metropolitan Housing Alliance.

Two sources with close ties to the agency say executive director Shelly Ehenger was suspended by the agency's board of commissioners this morning. I've been unable to reach Ehenger or anybody else who'll talk for the record. Two commissioners, Carolyn Polite of College Station and Brad Walker of Little Rock, would say only, "No comment." The receptionist at the office said she'd been instructed to say Ehenger was "out" and to refer calls to the agency finance director, who has not returned my call or e-mail. The board's attorney, Edward Armstrong-Rial, was not present for the special meeting and said he was reluctant to characterize the precise wording of a motion adopted at the public session following an executive session this morning, but said he'd review the tape and get back to me.

This publicly governed agency — members appointed by the Little Rock City Board — oversees federally financed housing projects. Who's leading it today? If you can find someone willing and able to answer that question, let me know.

What's it all about? Internal e-mails shared with me reflect a welter of personnel issues.

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