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Medford’s Covelle says he’ll fix problems

Housing chief hits allegations

Robert Covelle said he did not practice favoritism in hiring and awarding work and the agency did not overpay for services. Robert Covelle said he did not practice favoritism in hiring and awarding work and the agency did not overpay for services.
By Matt Byrne
Globe Correspondent / April 26, 2012
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Medford Housing Authority executive director Robert Covelle promised Wednesday night to correct problems identified in a recent federal audit. But he denied allegations that he steered housing authority work to friends and relatives and retaliated against employees who disagreed with his practices. “A lot of the issues are before Bob Covelle,’’ he said in an interview, referring to himself in the third person. “I’m taking [the audit] seriously, and I’m going to correct all the issues. We haven’t been audited in 30 years. . . If things were ongoing before I got here and everything is going smooth, if it ain’t broke don’t fix it.’’

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