Weeks to resign from Housing Authority

Published 12:04 am Friday, September 16, 2011

The Opp Housing Authority said Thursday it expects to receive voluntary resignation from its executive director in the coming days.

Act-ing executive director Charles Willis said once Janie Weeks submits her resignation he hopes “all will be settled.”

In July, the housing authority placed Weeks on paid administrative leave until all legal issues were settled.

Though the board would not go into the details surrounding Weeks’ leave, residents of the housing authority cited different instances.

At least two residents threatened to file suit against either the housing authority or HUD alleging wrongdoing by Weeks.

At the forefront of the accusations against Weeks is Aaron Bogen, who was allowed to speak to the board at Thursday’s meeting.

“I want to know why is the board still hanging on to Janie (Weeks)?” he asked.

Willis told Bogen the issues with Weeks are being handled “legally.”

Bogen told the board to remember it is “dealing with black folks’ livelihood.”

“We don’t have any representation,” he said. “When we have problems, we need someone to talk to.”

Willis told Bogen he was serving as acting director and was available to residents.

“We’re just trying to do what’s best,” he said.

Willis asked for the board’s permission to advertise in the local media for an executive director, which he was granted.

Willis said two applications have already been submitted because people were anticipating the position would come available.

“I keep HUD posted on everything we do,” he said. “I think we will be able to move on shortly.”