Housing Authority “Deputy” Director
Source: Garcia Unanimously Voted in
Apparently Carmelo Garcia was unanimously voted in as the Deputy Director of the Hoboken Housing Authority today, at a salary of $105,000.
Didn’t have time to do the usual “Reporter Roundup” this week, but a reader did chime in about one of the cover stories this week.
He expresses his concerns about the process involving a “long-unfulfilled Deputy Directory” position at the Hoboken Housing Authority (HHA):
I’m wondering if anyone else recoiled at this Hoboken Reporter article “Human Services Director Garcia positioned to run Housing Authority”?
Nothing against Garcia as a candidate for HHA Director. His local roots might make him more sympathetic to the problems of the residents. Who knows?
But the hiring process sounds like a big sham:
- HHA supposedly has a long-unfilled Deputy Director position just waiting for Garcia. Sure doesn’t seem like a necessary position if they have never filled it. Way to waste $105k!
- The article has two quotes from HHA Interim Executive Director DiVincent
- “No deadline has been set for applications by the executive director, who said, “The list will remain open for an undetermined period of time until a sufficient amount of applications are received,” which he estimates at 500 applications”
- “Carmelo has been a candidate for a while in my mind, he’s well qualified, and I look forward to bringing him in to work at the Authority,” said DiVincent. “In the future, Carmelo will move into the executive director position.”
So, they’re waiting for FIVE HUNDRED applicants for a job they’ve already decided will go to Garcia? How about even PRETENDING they’re going to hire the most qualified candidate?
IMHO, this is an illustration why our taxes are so high and why the housing is and will remain blighted.
It is sad.