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Lebanon Housing chooses new executive director

Caitlin Rickard • Updated Oct 3, 2013 at 5:48 PM

The Lebanon Housing Authority board revealed its choice for new executive director Thursday, nominating Patrick Johnson to take the position.

Johnson, preacher at Peyton Road Church of Christ, beat out six other finalists for the job, and would replace Henry Harding, who announced his plans to retire in June. 

The six other finalists for the role were Jon Darden, Vincent Muliro, Lucas Puryear, Aaron Rochelle, Raymond Wallace and Vonda Gray.

The LHA board offered Johnson the position based on a salary grade, which would give him $68,210.09 annually. It is now up to Johnson whether he accepts the position.

“Based on his experience I think we’re giving him a comparable salary; whether he takes it or not is his choice,” board member Liz Reese said.

Board Chair Larry Hubbard said he believed the pay offered to Johnson was above grade for the position considering he would be entry-level, having never had experience in public housing authority.

A 90-day probationary period would be given to Johnson, if he were to accept the position.

The employee committee to hire a new executive director consisted of Hubbard, Bill Durham, Vice Chair Ronnie Kelly and Reese.

“Through a lot of interviews and prayers we came to this choice, and I’m sure we made the right choice,” Reese said.

Hubbard then announced, as of Thursday, it would be his last day serving.

“I talked to the mayor, and he’s aware of it. I will be tendering him a letter of resignation tomorrow,” Hubbard said.

Kelly, as vice chair, would step in as board chair.

The LHA provides housing assistance to low-income residents through the management of low-rent public housing.

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