Richard Walton, interim executive director of the Annapolis housing authority, has resigned and will be replaced temporarily by retired health care CEO Martin "Chip" Doordan.
Doordan will assume the leadership of the Housing Authority for the City of Annapolis for 100 days. The changeover comes under the shadow of an order to repay about $3 million in mishandled federal money linked to contract payments.
The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development determined last fall that the money wasn't properly tracked through paperwork and bidding processes. Money given by the federal government requires strict paperwork and bidding processes to insure taxpayer money is used efficiently.
The longtime director of finance for the authority, Walton was scheduled to serve the remainder of this week but decided Friday he would leave his position. He had talked about retiring and intended to serve as interim director only for a few months when he took the post for a second time in August.
But as the search dragged on for a new director, Walton decided to leave, said Sandra Chapman, chairwoman of the authority Board of Commissioners.
"(Walton) decided that it was time for him, he was going to retire anyway," Chapman said. "He took the position thinking it would only be a couple of months."
Doordan will not receive compensation as interim director.
Walton's departure marks the third executive director resignation in less than two years. Former executive director Vincent Leggett resigned in September 2015 for a new career opportunity. His replacement, Melvin Colbert, was hired February 2016 and served in that position until August when he resigned amid a decision by the Board of Commissioners for "new direction." Walton served as interim director both times after Leggett and Colbert left.
That total doesn't count Sharon Land, who accepted the job after Leggett left, but didn't show up for her first day on the job. She notified the authority she changed her mind about taking the position.
As a member of the board, Doordan was given permission to take the job by HUD, which set the 100-day limit. The authority is looking to hire a company to identify applicants.
Doordan plans to keep it that way. He gave up his position as treasurer of the Board of Commissioners, saying he didn't feel comfortable holding both jobs. He will still a voting member of the board.
"It is the first and last 100 days," Doordan said. "I think we can do some good things. There are some good people here."
A representative of the authority was slated to deliver a report to the City Council Monday, including news of Walton's departure and Doordan's ascension to executive director.
The authority is currently working with HUD to try and reduce the amount of money owed. If the authority can prove the money wasn't used on expensive contract and prices were competitive, it is possible to get the money owed reduced, Chapman said.
"We just have to show them the money that was spent was competitive with what it would have cost us," Chapman said. "We are in the process of doing it."