Charges upheld to remove Michigan City Housing Authority commissioners

Michigan City Mayor Duane Parry’s accusations of removing several Michigan City Housing Authority commissioners have been confirmed, according to a statement on Monday.

Parry, who is the appointing authority for the Michigan City Housing Authority, served four MCHA commissioners, Carla Mock, Willie Lee, Doretha Sanders-Malone and Milton Malone, on April 26, 2022, with charges for their removal in as MCHA Commissioners. Plank.

The statement from Parry’s office reads the following:

“As disputed by council members and their attorney, a hearing officer, the Honorable Gerald M. Bishop has been appointed by the Michigan City Common Council to hear the matter on June 21, 2022.

“On July 15, 2022, Hearing Officer Gerald M. Bishop issued an order formally removing these Housing Authority Commissioners for dereliction of duty and inefficiency.

“The hearing officer determined that these commissioners were negligent and ineffective because they held housing authority meetings in violation of Indiana’s Open Door Act and voted to continue to hold a meeting in violation of Indiana’s open door law despite the presentation of a cease and desist letter from the mayor.”

The mayor said, “I am pleased with the hearing officer’s decision and am committed to ensuring that the Housing Authority continues to make progress for our city and our residents. »

Parry’s office says that once it begins vetting applicants, it will announce its new Housing Authority appointments in the near future.

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