And it comes as no surprise.
“In a phone interview Thursday, (HUD spokesman Brian) Sullivan confirmed the board did not follow the required search process, nor did it receive approval from HUD before appointing (David) Duggins as interim director as required from the zero-threshold status.”
Even though News and Tribune reporter Elizabeth Beilman’s bosses at editorial presumably remain utterly confused about the toxic reality of Deaf Gahan’s Public Housing Putsch 2017 …
Must we accept Chris Morris’s viewpoint as gospel, given that at least he lives in New Albany, whereas the remainder of the Jeffersonville-centric editorial board knows absolutely nothing about our city, and as time goes on, grows ever prouder of this fact?
… Beilman has put together an admirable, near-classic story* about the subsequent putsch-inspired chaos at the New Albany Housing Authority. The interim director’s semi-coherent flailings are especially instructive.
I strongly urge that readers visit the newspaper site and read the whole story, as the revealingly shambolic elements of Gahan’s public housing foot-shoot are revealed one by one, apart from the necessary connection with Deaf himself, who unmistakably is their author — but of course, the mayor must be omitted from the exercise lest ad revenues be threatened.
The link and excerpt are below, though first, here’s a belt of background from June 24.
It’s a measure of Jeff Gahan’s generalized ethical barrenness (GEB) that when word reached the Green Mouse that Mike Bainbridge had resigned on Thursday as director of finance and compliance at the New Albany Housing Authority (NAHA), all thoughts immediately turned to the flagrant unsuitability of whatever pre-rigged replacement is to be chosen by Gahan’s handpicked board of bobble-headed sycophants (GIGO).
Also, yesterday’s ON THE AVENUES examined the fiasco from a different angle.
Obviously, the reason why interim director Duggins has nothing to say is because he knows just as little about the daily workings of the agency to which he has been transferred as any of Donald Trump’s bumbling cabinet appointees. With Duggins tongue-tied, (Irving) Joshua must lead the diversion.
New Albany Housing Authority leaders knowingly violated policy, HUD order, documents state, by Elizabeth Beilman (N & T)
Former compliance director cites ‘unethical’ actions in resignation
NEW ALBANY — The New Albany Housing Authority board and interim executive director knowingly violated internal policy and a U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development order, according to a former official’s resignation letter. HUD confirmed issues with compliance.
The allegations of “possibly illegal and unethical” actions surfaced in a resignation letter tendered by Mike Bainbridge, the former NAHA director of finance and HUD compliance. The letter obtained by the News and Tribune was dated June 15 and effective immediately.
“When actions are taken by Agency leadership including the Board of Commissioners which blatantly and knowingly conflict with HUD rules and regulations, I’m left with no choice but to resign, as I cannot be associated with such activities,” Bainbridge wrote in the letter.
In terms of integrity and principle, Mike Bainbridge has set a meritorious example that Gahan’s bootlicking sycophants probably won’t ever grasp.
“In matters that are this serious and significant, I do not want to make statements that are based in even the slightest degree of speculation or opinion,” (Bainbridge’s) statement read. “I prefer to deal in, and present, only known facts. The facts that led me to resign from my position with NAHA are stated in my letter of resignation, and proven by the attachments to that letter. I will let those facts stand on their own merits.”
Use a chit and read Beilman’s piece. You won’t regret it.
*An aside: From Beilman’s piece: “The News and Tribune first reported on Bainbridge’s resignation in late June.” It did. After you read it at NAC first. It would be nice if the newspaper might occasionally attribute in such cases … I regularly do it for them … though as a rank amateur, perhaps I’m obliged to credit the professionals.