PRINCEVILLE – “Leave my landlord alone.”
That message was delivered to HUD and the Princeville Housing Authority by Regenia Powell and the residents of Pioneer Court Thursday.
About a dozen residents rallied behind Sharon Heath- Jackson, the director of Princeville Housing Authority ( Pioneer Court Apartments) during a joint meeting by HUD and Princeville Housing Authority. The two organizations met in a closed session Thursday.
After the closed meeting, Chairman Daisy Staton returned in open session and announced there had been no action taken. She did say that HUD requested members of her board to attend training sessions.
During that session, residents bombarded the board and HUD with questions including the main topic concerning the possibility of terminating Heath-Jackson. Abiding by state statues that do not allow personnel issues to be discussed in an open meeting, the board declined to comment comment on whether or not they discussed anything pertaining to Jackson.
For more than a year, rumors have been spreading like wildfire that HUD and the Housing Authority were trying to terminate Heath-Jackson. Former Housing Authority Chairman Vernice Lyons, backed up the rumors, saying, “They wanted me to get rid of her when I was in. I resigned so I wouldn’t have to do their dirty work. Why are they trying to get rid of her? Mrs. Jackson has run these apartments professionally for all of these years.”
Lyons, who is a tenant at Pioneer Court, was one of the dozen who were rallying for Jackson.
Another tenant, Sandra Carney said, “It is unfair and inappropriate for what they are trying to do to Mrs. Jackson. She works her butt off. She goes far beyond her duties.
Among the dozen, none of the statements were as bold as tenant Powell’s “Leave my landlord alone. If she leaves, nobody is going to come here and do what she has done. We want her to stay.”
Heath-Jackson has been the director since October 2010. She also worked for the Housing Authority in 2002 as the administrative assistant and was promoted to the director from 2004-2006. Over the last year, she admitted she has heard rumors that both boards were going to terminate her. She said she didn’t know what was on the closed-session agenda. She also admitted she was surprised by her tenant’s support.
One of the tenants asked the board, “Are y’all trying to get rid of Mrs. Jackson?”
Michael William, HUD director for public housing, said the matter is a personnel issue and they couldn’t discuss it. The tenants continued to fire questions at the Housing Authority Board and HUD’s four-member crew until William appeared to be frustrated. The board closed the meeting and the tenants continued to ask questions.
The tenants expressed their displeasure with the Housing Authority Board, which consists of four members – Staton, Maggie Boyd, Elliot Noble and Eddie Hinton. By town statues, Princeville Housing Authority board members are selected by the mayor, Priscilla Everette-Oates. During her tenure, the faces of the board have changed at least three times. The only constants are Staton and Boyd. The mayor reportedly terminated the first board with the exception of the pair. On two other occasions, she replaced the three and shortly afterward, they were no longer on the board.
The present board consists of two new members, (Hinton, Noble) with Staton and Boyd. Boyd is Princeville’s interim town manager and, as such, cannot vote on issues. A fifth position has not been filled. The tenants expressed that they would like representation on the board as they had on previous boards. William explained that a tenant filling the seat is the mayor’s decision and is not a state mandate.
Heath-Jackson, a Princeville native, admitted the changing of the boards has caused her concerns about keeping her job. She said she loves her job and she hopes she will not be terminated.
“I wish I could say that the rumors are not affecting me, but I can’t,” she said. “When I get a letter or a telephone call from them, I get nervous. But that doesn’t affect me from doing my job. I’m going to continue to do my best for my tenants. They proved how much they cared for me.”
PRINCEVILLE – “Leave my landlord alone.”
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