Sunday, December 23, 2001

Shirey in running for Springfield job


Interim post would oversee housing

The Associated Press

        SPRINGFIELD, Ohio — Cincinnati's former city manager is one of two people interviewing for interim executive director of the Springfield Metropolitan Housing Authority.

        John Shirey, former Cincinnati city manager, and Robert Edwards, president of the Springfield accounting company Edwards Development, interviewed with the housing authority's board Friday afternoon. One of the two should be offered the job this week.

        Mr. Shirey resigned as Cincinnati's city manager after the city erupted in riots in April following the shooting death of an unarmed black man by a police officer. Mr. Shirey, who served as city manager for eight years, has said he was not responsible for the unrest.

        Mr. Shirey, who also has worked with the housing authority in Los Angeles Coun ty, Calif., said Friday he would be good for the job because of his management experience.

        “I'm familiar with housing authorities,” he said. “I'm interested in being a help to the members of the board.”

        Mr. Edwards previously served as a management consultant for Dayton, Ohio's minority business assistance program.

        He's also served as executive director of the Springfield Urban League, associate director of the Mental Health Services of Clark County and executive director of the Center Street YMCA.

        Mr. Caplinger said the interim director likely would begin in January and would stay until March or April. Then the permanent director would begin work.

        The new interim director will replace Bruce Burns and Newton Foster, who have shared the position since former executive director Mark Stephenson resigned in March to take a job in California.

        The Springfield Metropolitan Housing Authority oversees 892 public housing units in Clark County and subsidizes rent for more than 1,000 families and individuals.

       



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