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Search for new Wilmington Housing Authority CEO underway, public input wanted

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Members of the Wilmington Housing Authority Board met Friday morning to talk about their search for a new CEO. Members of the Wilmington Housing Authority Board met Friday morning to talk about their search for a new CEO.
Former WHA CEO Michael Krause. (Source: NHC Jail) Former WHA CEO Michael Krause. (Source: NHC Jail)

WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) – Members of the Wilmington Housing Authority Board met Friday morning to talk about their search for a new CEO.

Michael Krause was fired from the position in September 2013 after allegedly driving while impaired for the second time. According to 911 call notes, Krause's blood alcohol content was at .35 when police first tested him.

Staff narrowed the pool of over 100 applications to 36 candidates that the board reviewed in closed session on Friday.  They filtered through the applications and picked 16 that stood out.

Next, the board says they will take the 110 applications that they did not go through Friday and review them in three teams to see if there are any that stand out and should be put back in the running. 

During their January meeting, the board plans to review the select candidates again and decide if whether or not they need to bring in a third part to help narrow them down.

They also plan to ask for public input, to see what people are hoping to see in a CEO.  The Chairman of the Board, Jeff Hovis, says an e-mail address will be set up so that people can e-mail in criteria of what they would like to see.  He says they are always looking for ways to get the public involved and find out what they think. 

"We want to let the public know what we do and find out what we can do better...there is examples of how to do something better or [they might say] 'you are off here is what you need to do consider this', and that's why we are open to this. It's a good time, and it's a conversation that we want to continue," said Hovis. 

The board is also trying to get the public involved in applying for a $30 million grant that would renovate the entire Hillcrest Neighborhood. Called the Choice Neighborhoods grant, it has several major components to the application which is why the board says they need the community's help.

Hovis says next week they hope to have info on their website for how people can join committees that will work to put the application together. He says those that join need to be committed and able to meet once a week.

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