Atlanta’s next mayor could overhaul housing authority leadership. Will some get the axe?
Haunted by past lawsuits and leadership strife, Atlanta Housing (AH) has long been admonished by public officials for dysfunction and underachievement. Though the housing authority’s CEO, Eugene Jones, says the agency has stepped up its game since he came aboard two years ago, his job and others could be on the line once voters pick the next mayor.
Mayoral candidate and Atlanta City Councilmember Andre Dickens said, if he’s elected, Jones—among others city officials—will have 100 days to show he means business and deserves to keep his job. Otherwise, he gets the axe.
Dickens told Atlanta Civic Circle that, today, “Gene is definitely the right leader, with his history of actually building complicated projects in Chicago.” But if he wants to stay at AH, Jones will need to fast-track the development of city-owned property, the councilmember said.