Housing Authority Continues Search for Executive Director

Hired consultant visits BMHA on Thursday

Mike Baggerman
June 21, 2018 - 5:20 pm

Buffalo Municipal Housing Authority Commissioners Meeting. June 21, 2018 (WBEN Photo/Mike Baggerman)

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BUFFALO, N.Y. (WBEN) - The Buffalo Municipal Housing Authority is getting closer towards hiring a new executive director for the authority.

Commissioners at the housing authority on Thursday saw a presentation from Nebraska-based Organizational Leadership Edge President Stanley Quy, who was hired by the BMHA earlier this year as a consultant for help in finding the next executive director position.

"Generally, nationally we certainly are looking for individuals that have excellent leadership management skills," Quy told WBEN. "That know the housing business very well. That can work well with our residents. That will build good teams internally and in the community."

The last executive director, Dawn Sanders-Garrett resigned in March, leaving Gillian Brown in the interim role. Brown has only filled that role for a few weeks but primarily serves as general counsel for the housing authority. Brown on Thursday said that the process of hiring staffers has begun and will take a few weeks, though he said the hirings are "nothing particularly revolutionary happening". Some of the jobs include asset manager positions and maintenance positions. 

The housing authority came under fire earlier this month because of the conditions of some of the homes, particularly at Langfield Homes. The Buffalo News reported that Langfield Homes scored a 46 out of 100 in a recent inspection by HUD, the lowest score in Erie County over the past five years. 

Quy, who has worked for decades in the HUD field, said that they are currently planning for a search and will go through profiles on a national level. He suggested to the BMHA that they market the job opening for five weeks with an anticipated due date of July 31. He estimated that an executive director will be selected by the end of August.

Contractual details about the new executive director were discussed in an executive session, though Quy suggested it be "negotiable" and that the individual who is hired must live in Buffalo. 

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