Friday, August 18, 2006

Housing Authority director plans to resign

Express Staff Writer

The Blaine Ketchum Housing Authority, which has been in a state of transition since its entire board resigned in protest last March, has suffered another blow, as Executive Director Michael David plans to step down from his position.

David, who is on vacation, will officially announce his resignation during a Housing Authority meeting Monday at 4 p.m. in the Old County Courthouse in Hailey.

"It's just time for a change," said David, who declined to elaborate further.

David has served as the Housing Authority's executive director since 2002. He said he hopes to stay in the Wood River Valley but he's "exploring some other options."

On March 1, all five Housing Authority board members resigned after the Blaine County commissioners appointed Sun Valley City Administrator Virginia Egger to the board.

Former BKHA Chairman Timothy Eagan said Egger's appointment violated "the spirit, if not the letter, of the Idaho statutes enabling the creation of housing authorities."

The county and Ketchum are each responsible for appointing two members to the board. The fifth member is appointed by the board itself.

Egger remained on the board and was joined by Susan Passovoy, Michael Roos and John Flattery. The board is still looking for a fifth member.

Drew Sanderford, associate director of the Housing Authority, said he plans to stay aboard and "help with the transitioning tasks." He declined to comment on David's resignation.

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