Renee Glover, who transformed Atlanta into a national model for public housing but also drew scrutiny for her $325,000 salary, resigned Tuesday as head of the city’s housing authority.
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RENEE GLOVER TIMELINE
- 1990 – The federal Department of Housing and Urban Development puts the Atlanta Housing Authority on a list of the nation’s “troubled” housing agencies. AHA has thousands of boarded-up units; crime is rampant; rent collection and repairs are spotty.
- March, 1994 – AHA’s president resigns the $140,000-a-year job days before HUD releases a scathing audit of the agency. Renee Glover, then chairwoman of AHA’s board, acknowledges the problems and says they must be addressed.
- September, 1994 – Glover, a corporate finance lawyer, takes a leave from her job with a private law firm to become AHA’s president and CEO. She says she will stay in the job no more than two years. AHA operates 42 public housing complexes, inhabited by 16,500 people.
- 1995 – AHA launches a revolutionary, 14-year campaign to tear down aging projects. Most residents receive Section 8 vouchers that subsidize their rent in privately owned apartments. Fourteen AHA projects are replaced by privately managed mixed-income developments. The effort will win AHA and Glover many awards and plaudits.
- January, 1998 – HUD removes AHA from its list of “troubled” housing authorities.
- July, 2005 – AHA begins evicting tenants who are not working, in school or in a work force training program. The policy is designed to encourage residents to become self-sufficient.
- June, 2009 – AHA bulldozes the last of its old projects, Bowen Homes.
- 2011 – New Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed, through his appointees to the AHA board, tries to exert more control over the agency, creating conflict with Glover. In November, she acknowledges she is negotiating an exit.
- June, 2012 –Glover’s pay becomes an issue when HUD reveals that her total compensation in 2010 was well over $600,000. HUD officials call for a $155,000 salary cap for housing authority officials nationwide.
- April, 2013 – The AJC reveals that 10 percent of AHA employees earn more than $150,000 a year and almost 20 percent earn more than $100,000.
- June 2013 – U.S. Sen. Charles Grassley (R-Iowa) demands that HUD supply information about AHA salaries and perks, setting a deadline of mid-August.
- Sept. 3, 2013 – The AHA board accepts Glover’s resignation.