Michael Kelly, executive director of the D.C. Housing Authority, is resigning his post at the end of the month, the Board of Commissioners announced Monday.
Bill Slover, board chairman, credited Kelly with transforming the agency into a "national model."
"His legacy is the creation of a strong, innovative, and skilled Housing Authority dedicated to both low-income families and to building better communities," Slover said in a news release. "He will be missed."
Privately, housing officials said that the board was under increasing pressure by Mayor Adrian M. Fenty (D) to push out Kelly. Fenty, in his third year of a four-year term, has made several changes in his administration to take agencies in different directions. When elected in 2006, Fenty promised to maintain and build affordable housing.
In a statement, Kelly listed his accomplishments, from the millions of dollars secured in federal and private funding to improving security with surveillance cameras to creating a call center. "I am appreciative of the extraordinary partnerships I was able to develop, and look forward to watching DCHA thrive in the future," he said.
Adrianne Todman, deputy executive director for administration and external affairs, will be interim executive director. The Board of Commissioners announced that it will conduct a national search to replace Kelly.
Privately, board members and others have discussed the possibility that Fenty may promote one his own to replace Kelly. David Jannarone, director of development in the Office of the Deputy Mayor for Planning and Economic Development, is said to be a candidate.
-- Nikita Stewart