WILMINGTON, NC, (WWAY) — A formal complaint was filed with Attorney General Roy Cooper's office Monday against the Wilmington Housing Authority regarding lack of access to public records.
Former City Council candidate Napier Fuller filed the complaint regarding the lack of access to public records held at the WHA. Fuller wanted records about the public safety statistics after the Creekwood Deputy shooting.
"I think it is definitely of public interest when we had a police officer shot their to see what is going on," said Fuller.
Fuller said he has been trying since October to research the amount of evictions WHA has pursued against tenants involved with criminal activity. Fuller wanted more information so he could write an editorial ahead of the municipal elections. Seven weeks later, he said he had no answers, despite numerous public record requests with WHA officials.
Wilmington Housing Authority says it is a process that takes time.
"There is not a lack of access to public records. It is just that it takes a long time," said WHA Interim CEO Vernice Hamilton. "It is not something you can just go and extract."
Hamilton also says most of the crime that is committed in public housing is not by public housing residents. WHA is building a new supportive housing community for people with special needs and disablities over the next six months.