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Pamela Davis Ditches Deerfield Beach Housing Authority for Gainesville's Agency

Less than three months after the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development Office of the Inspector General came to Deerfield Beach to look into its housing authority, its executive director is moving north.

Pamela Davis, who's been the Deerfield Beach Housing Authority's executive director for more than 20 years, has taken the same post with the Gainesville Housing Authority -- rated earlier this year by HUD as one of the worst Section 8 programs in the state.

The results of that aforementioned investigation though, have yet to be released.

Davis sent an email to the housing authority staff in September, notifying them that a request for an investigation made by Rep. Allen West was granted, and HUD OIG was coming to town on September 28.

West's letter, either largely or entirely the result of activist Chaz Stevens, asked for the investigation over "issues [that] may involve nepotism, bid rigging, and procurement violations."

Deerfield Beach Mayor Peggy Noland had threatened to remove the entire board of commissioners before West sent the letter, but she did not.

All of those actions stemmed from an audit of the housing authority by the auditing firm Kessler International, which dropped a long, long list of accusations against the housing authority.

Gainesville's housing authority already comes with a history of mismanagement, as the Gainesville Sun reports Davis enters the position as the agency faces a "self-inflicted multimillion-dollar shortfall."

Previous Sun articles explain that the previous executive director, Gail Monahan, was booted from housing authority commissioners amid accusations of misconduct.

Deerfield's housing authority will likely select a new director at its December 21 meeting.

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