Public housing authority hires former chairwoman as CEO [Dayton Daily News, Ohio :: ]
(Dayton Daily News (OH) Via Acquire Media NewsEdge) Jan. 30--The Dayton region's public housing authority governing board on Wednesday unanimously formalized in a public meeting its private decision to hire as CEO the board's former chairwoman.
Danyelle S.T. Wright will take the top job at Greater Dayton Premier Management on Feb. 5. Her salary will be publicly disclosed when her employment contract is finalized before she starts work, agency officials said.
Wright is a local employment attorney who sat on GDPM's board from 2005 until last fall. She was chair of the board and initially headed the job search. Applications for the job were sent to her law office at Sebaly Shillito and Dyer, where she has worked since 2002.
"I wasn't involved in the process," Wright said Wednesday.
GDPM Board Chairman William Vaughn said they had Wright's secretary collect the applications and passed them along to the board to cut down on work for GDPM staff. He said Wright was one of five finalists for the position, and one of three to be interviewed in a closed door meeting with a three-member search committee consisting of Vaughn and boardmembers the Rev. Wilburt Shanklin and Tanisha Jumper.
The process concluded with the governing board voting behind closed doors to hire Wright on Jan. 15. Vaughn said a "narrative" of the hiring process and who else was interviewed will be publicly released at the board's February meeting.
"(Wright) has been very, very loyal to the board and has made a mark in the community in many ways," Vaughn said after the vote to hire her Wednesday.
"It is my honor and privelege to serve as the CEO of GDPM," Wright responded.
She will oversee a $47 million budget, 154 employees, 2,700 public housing units and 3,900 vouchers serving roughly 8,000 families in the greater Dayton region.
Using Ohio's public records laws, the Dayton Daily News acquired on Wednesday copies of all applications submitted for the job. There was dozens of applications adding up to 168 pages. They included CEOs of for-profit and non-profit entities. Some held advanced degrees in public administration. Some even oversaw non-profits focused on housing for the poor.
In addition to her law practice, Wright's resume focuses on her community involvement, having sat on volunteer boards of several non-profits including the Dayton Contemporary Dance Company, GDPM and a local council of the American Cancer Society. She holds a law degree from the Ohio State University.
The board will hold a luncheon soon to have the agency's appointing authorities welcome Wright. GDPM's seven boardmembers are appointed by the Montgomery County probate court judge, common please court judge, county commissioners and Dayton mayor.
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