Ex-Atlanta Housing Authority CEO sends letter to Mayor Bottoms, looks to cleanse reputationHUD celebrates 50th anniversary in Atlanta on Nov.4, 2015 at the Center for Civil and Human Rights. Left to right: Renee Glover, Egbert Perry, Shirley Franklin and Georgia Tech professor Danny Boston. Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed welcomes then-HUD Secretary Julian Castro to Atlanta (Photo by Maria Saporta)
By Maria Saporta
The former CEO of the Atlanta Housing Authority – Renee Glover – has written a letter to Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms and members of the Atlanta City Council – seeking to open lines of communication with the new administration.
Glover’s letter also was an attempt to make the new mayor “aware of my record at AHA and know that the claims made against me by former Mayor Kasim Reed are false and defamatory.”
Glover went on to say: “Former Mayor Reed and his political appointees at the AHA went to unprecedented lengths to impugn the reputation of Egbert Perry Chair and CEO of Integral, and me by abusing our legal system with multiple baseless lawsuits.”
The City of Atlanta, under Bottoms leadership, dismissed the city’s lawsuit against Glover and Egbert Perry, the chairman and CEO of the Integral Group. Perry and Glover had worked closely together during her tenure as AHA’s CEO – a period that lasted from 1994 to 2013 and saw a dramatic transformation of Atlanta’s traditional housing projects into new mixed-income communities.
Glover used her most recent letter to Bottoms as a way to present her accomplishments when she was the CEO of the Atlanta Housing Authority.
“Given the nationally recognized transformational impact of the reforms, innovations and successes implemented during my tenure at AHA, the former Mayor’s actions and conduct are even more dubious and suspicious,” Glover wrote.
The Aug.13 letter is a follow-up to an Aug. 6 letter Glover had written on announcing that she would be seeking at least $235,000 in legal fees that she had incurred when defending herself against a lawsuit the City had filed against her and Perry, under the leadership of then-Mayor Reed. The former mayor was seeking $100 million in damages.
The former mayor also pushed AHA to sue Perry and his related companies over options he had to buy parcels of lands adjacent to mixed-income developments that he had done in partnership with AHA.
In April, a judge dismissed AHA’s lawsuit against Perry and the related companies involved with those developments. Simultaneously, the City of Atlanta withdrew its lawsuit against Glover and Perry.
In her letter to Bottoms dated Aug. 16, Glover said Reed’s lawsuit against her was a “very public attempt to harm my reputation and damage me financially,” which she said should concern the public and Atlanta’s civic leaders. “A mayor or any elected official should not use the power of government – and taxpayer dollars – to attack citizens for such suspicious personal motivations.”
At the end of her letter to Bottoms, Glover extended a welcoming hand.
“Please let me know if you would like to meet in the near future to discuss this matter or look at ways to restore the AHA so that it once again can rebuild our communities in need and be an agency that everyone can be proud,” Glover wrote.
The communications office of Mayor Bottoms has been contacted as an attempt to get officials to publicly respond to Glover’s most recent letter. This story will be updated once they respond.