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Calexico OKs rotation for housing director

November 30, 2001|By AARON CLAVERIE, Staff Writer

CALEXICO — The thousands of Calexicans who live in federally subsidized housing will have a new person to direct their complaints to each month.

The Housing Authority Board of Commissioners passed a resolution Thursday creating a rotating interim executive director position for the authority from Dec. 1 through July, which housing officials said would likely be how long it will take to hire a permanent director.

The board's action was recommended by U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.

The rotating cast of interim directors will replace longtime administration Executive Director Lupita Rios, who was recently ousted by the board.

Soila Nethery of HUD wrote the list of administration staffers who would take over the top administrative spot in one-month increments.


A few of the names on the board didn't sit well with two of the commissioners.

Board members Adriana Esparza and Irene Hueso-Mora voted against the resolution.

"There are too many names on this list," Hueso-Mora said.

She didn't specify the names with which she took exception.

Additionally, Hueso-Mora didn't think the amount of training time would be adequate for some of the staffers to take control of the authority.

Despite her reservations the resolution was approved by a 5-2 vote.

Commissioner Manuel Ayala summed up the reason he supported the motion, "Since it is something (HUD) is requesting, I think it is correct."

After the board's vote, the first person on Nethery's list, Christina Rojas, took to the dais and assumed the director's seat next to the commissioners.

Rojas had served as the authority's housing director before her promotion.

After the meeting, she was asked what sort of responsibilities she would have as interim director. Pointing to the job description package she was handed after the board's vote, she said, "I just got the package."

Asked if she was looking forward to her time as executive director, Rojas said, "I'll do what's best for the authority."

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