Director of Housing Authority

Director of Housing Authority

The Atlantic City Housing Authority’s new director, Clifford Scott, outside of Charles P. Jeffries Tower which he plans to improve as part of the city’s public housing stock in the coming years. Thursday, January 26, 2017. (Viviana Pernot / Staff Photographer)

ATLANTIC CITY — The city’s Housing Authority executive director has resigned, leaving his position after less than a year, officials said.

The authority’s Board of Commissioners approved a resolution at the end of May that authorized the resignation of Clifford Scott, 45, who became executive director in September.

Tom Hannon, the director of staff operations at the authority, took over as acting executive director after Scott left.

Hannon said Scott’s move was for personal reasons to be closer to family. Scott led housing authorities in Omaha, Nebraska, and Youngstown, Ohio, before coming to Atlantic City.

In January, Scott detailed a plan to revive the city’s public housing, which included demolition and construction of existing establishments, including building new family developments and making refurbishments.

Scott got the authority started in the application process for the federal Rental Assistance Demonstration Program to help with funding and financing for the project, which he estimated would take four years.

“What he had started, we are moving forward with,” Hannon said this week.

Hannon said officials at the authority recently met with residents at properties to review the redevelopment process, adding that the project could “take many, many years to complete.”

City Councilman Jesse Kurtz, the vice -chairman for the Board of Commissioners, said Scott’s departure was “regretful,” but Hannon has previously served as acting director and did a “tremendous job.”


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