The position is being advertised, in the interest of keeping the appointment transparent and fair, board members said at their Tuesday, Oct. 24, meeting. Keehn said she also has heard concerns from several residents who want to keep politics out of the decision.
Zabala, who held the job for 16 years, earned just under $72,000 last year, according to civil service records. According to published reports, the job pays approximately $100,000 a year, with benefits.
Spychalski, who has taken a leave of absence from the project manager position to serve as acting director, is expected to apply for the director position. He is optimistic about the appointment, and touts a smooth transition into the position.
"It will be seamless," said Spychalski. "I've been here for nine years."
The position is expected to be filled in December, board members said.
The housing authority runs 339 units of public housing in Stonequist Apartments, Jefferson Terrace and Vanderbilt Terrace. It is subsidized by U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, which sets regulations on how the agency is being held. It has approximately 800 residents and operates on a $1.6 million annual budget. ""