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Chaz Stevens Back in the Saddle at the Deerfield Beach Housing Authority

Chaz Stevens, the internet warrior against corruption in Deerfield Beach, has been appointed back to the city's housing authority.

Stevens had a brief stint on the authority last April, but, he near-humbly concedes to the Pulp, "I didn't know what the hell I was doing."

He says he's here to stay this time, starting with the board's first meeting with Stevens and two other new commissioners next Wednesday. Stevens says he wants accountability from the authority, which he says hasn't been delivered -- especially after Rep. Allen West asked the acting inspector general of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development to launch a "full investigation" into the department.

Some things are going to change, according to Stevens -- like the colloquialisms of the Chaz vernacular he sent out in regular email blasts to city officials.

Names like Al "Fucktard" Capellini, Steve "Shitbird" Gonot, and "Anus T. AnalGlands" Tom Connick are taking a back seat.

Phrases like "see you the fuck later," "that crooked piece of shit," and "the fur-ball belched forth the depths of Hell" are of days gone by (although we kind of like the last one).

Now with the blessing of Mayor Peggy Noland, Stevens says he's getting it together to make a positive difference for a housing authority he says has been playing "loosey-goosey" with the rules.

He's been asking questions about documents that were never turned over to forensic accounting firm Kessler International during an audit of the housing authority, and now he'll have the chance to get to the bottom of it.

"I want accountability. I want to know what the hell is going on."

For his first meeting, he's requested that he be afforded up to two hours of time, dedicated to approximately 35 questions he's drafted, as well as the use of a free conference-calling service to let the public listen in remotely.

"I report to the taxpayer," he says. "I'm not asking these questions because Chaz Stevens is interested; I'm asking these questions because all people should be interested."

By the same token, he still wants to promote the goal of the housing authority itself -- providing affordable housing opportunities for those in the city.

"To me, this is  about helping those most in need," he says. "These are the people who need the most help."

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