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WHA hires new chief executive officer

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WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) -- Nearly nine months after firing its chief executive officer, the Wilmington Housing Authority has selected his successor.

The WHA Board of Commissioners today approved Katrina Redmond as CEO. Redmon currently serves as Vice President/Chief Development Officer for the Housing Authority of Winston-Salem.

Redmon will start her new job Aug. 4. She replaced Michael Krause, who was fired in September days after being arrested for DWI.

WHA Human Resources Director Vernice Hamilton has been serving as interim CEO since Krause's firing.

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Recieved a 3 year contract

@ $167,000 per year. Quite an increase over her predecessor.

Will she have a mandate to work with the City to better control crime in the projects?

Will she enforce current codes and remove residents who are in violation or are convicted of felonies?

At that salary, plus perks and bennies, she should have high standards to meet. Hope she does; and perhaps Creekwood won't be so frequently featured on the news.

Tom

She was behind the scenes in W-S Housing Authority but did double the amount of private monies flowing into WS HA.
That in itself is good news, however the WS authority does seem to have a more liberal bias when it comes to helping the poor and disadvantaged. They design neighborhoods to be bike friendly, and racially mixed with old and young, single family and multi-family housing in one area.
She's got here work cut out for her thats for sure...

Vog

VOG

She's a CPA, a Realtor, and apparently adept at securing private funds for housing.

Why does every housing project have to be owned by WHA?

Perhaps she can reduce the Section 8 voucher issuance by requiring all available units be occupied before a voucher is issued. And in that direction, review vouchers each year before renewing them.

Stringently enforce housing regs with regards to unit occupancy; eviction of convicted felons and drug dealers and users; eviction of those who abuse the property; and work with DSS to develop action plans so each occupant is on a path to regular housing which will eliminate the life long residents in the projects.

Hope the LinkedIn quality photo disguises a tough as nails administrator who will bring a business like approach to WHA and not the same old "throw money" at a problem to fix it.

Now would be a good time ...

... for WWAY to do a little digging and find out what her philosophy on public housing really is. She already has a personal track record in Winston-Salem on this, so it shouldn't be too hard to do.

Better yet, just interview her.