CALEXICO — As of Thursday, Lupita Rios is no longer running the day-to-day operations of the Calexico Housing Authority.
Whether she is officially fired as executive director of the authority is still in doubt.
On Thursday, after a closed-door meeting at the authority's office, Juan Ortiz said, "I don't know if she is fired, but she is not here and the team is here."
Ortiz is the authority's financial director and has filled in for Rios in the past as interim executive director.
"The team" is the Troubled Agency Recovery Center team of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.
HUD sent the team to Calexico at the request of the authority's board chairman, Jesus "Chuy" Solano.
Contacted for a comment yesterday, Solano said Rios was fired after a late-night executive session Tuesday, but she has until Wednesday to contest the board's action.
Catherine Lamberg, director of HUD's Memphis-based recovery center, had not heard about the board's actions as of Thursday afternoon.