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Medford Housing Authority delays decision on embattled director

Posted by Matt Byrne  May 10, 2012 10:04 AM

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The Medford Housing Authority Board of Commissioners delayed until next week a discussion of  discipline or dismissal of the agency's embattled chief, Robert Covelle. The delay came at the request of Covelle's attorney, Thomas Drechsler, said commissioner William Young.

"It's going to be next week, to give him time to prepare his defense of his client," Young said, referring to Drechsler.

Because the dismissal is considered a personnel matter, the talks will likely take place behind closed doors, unless Covelle requests the proceedings be public.

Faced with calls for his resignation, including from the governor, Covelle is on an unpaid two-week leave of absence.

A federal Housing and Urban Development Department audit has called into question nearly $1.4 million paid for work on authority properties without proper contracts.

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