Richard Walton resigns as Annapolis, Md., Housing Authority Acting Executive Director

Feb. 15, 2017: Richard Walton has resigned as the Acting Executive Director of the Annapolis Housing Authority. Retired health care chief executive officer Martin Doordan has been hired to succeed Walton, also on an acting basis, for one-hundred days. The longtime Director of Finance for the Authority, Walton was scheduled to work for the remainder of this week, Feb. 12-18, 2017, but he decided on Friday, Feb. 10, 2017, that he would leave his position. He had talked about retiring and intended to work as the Acting Director only for a few months when he took the post for a second time in August, 2016. The changeover occurs under the shadow of an order to repay about $3 million in mishandled federal money linked to contract payments. Officials at the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development determined in the fall of 2016 that the money wasn't properly tracked through paperwork and bidding processes. Money given by the federal government requires strict paperwork and bidding processes to insure taxpayer money is used efficiently.

Walton's departure marks the third Executive Director resignation in less than two years. Former Executive Director Vincent Leggett resigned in September, 2015, for a new career opportunity. His successor, Melvin Colbert, was hired in February, 2016, and worked in that position until August, 2016, when he resigned amid a decision by the Board of Commissioners for "new direction." Walton worked as the Acting Director both times after Leggett and Colbert left office.

Attribution: The Baltimore Sun

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