New Pick To Head D.C. Housing Agency Embroiled In Sex Scandal | WAMU 88.5 - American University Radio

WAMU 88.5 : News

Filed Under:

New Pick To Head D.C. Housing Agency Embroiled In Sex Scandal

Play associated audio
Michael Kelly, tapped Monday to head the D.C. Housing and Community Development agency, finds himself in scandal already.
Larry Miller: http://www.flickr.com/photos/drmillerlg/1246397248/
Michael Kelly, tapped Monday to head the D.C. Housing and Community Development agency, finds himself in scandal already.

Mayor Vincent Gray's pick to run the D.C. Housing and Community Development agency is facing questions about why he left his former job in Pennsylvania. WPVI, Philadelphia's ABC affiliate, reports that Michael Kelly resigned from his housing authority job amid allegations of a sex scandal.

Gray named Kelly as director of the Department of Housing and Community Development on Monday. Kelly most recently served as executive director of the Philadelphia Housing Authority. 

Kelly reportedly had an affair with a woman who worked for him there. The station reports that staffers under Kelly complained to federal officials that the woman had unfairly received large pay increases.

Mayor Gray's office says it supports Kelly. "Mr. Kelly had a consensual relationship with the woman... The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development investigated the matter and determined there was nothing more to the story," the mayor's office said in a statement released Tuesday. "Michael made a personal mistake, and we stand by his nomination."

Sources at the Wilson Building say Kelly informed the mayor's office about the relationship before the hiring. 

Kelly is returning to the city less than three years after resigning from the D.C. Housing Authority, which he led for nine years. Gray spokesman Pedro Ribeiro says Kelly will start July 2 and make $165,000 a year. The man he's replacing, John Hall, will become a senior advisor to the deputy mayor for planning and economic development.

Kelly could not be reached for comment.

The Gray administration has been dogged by hiring scandals and shoddy vetting of candidates, although in this case, it appears they were aware of Kelly's situation. Kelly must still be confirmed by the D.C. Council.

NPR

Reports: Fashion Icon Oscar De La Renta Dies After Long Cancer Fight

Fashion designer Oscar de La Renta, 82, died Monday after a decade-long battle with cancer, The New York Times and other media outlets report.
NPR

Sandwich Monday: The Primanti Bros. Pitts-burger

For this week's Sandwich Monday, we try a sandwich from the famous Primanti Bros. of Pittsburgh.
NPR

Close Iowa Senate Race Could Come Down To How Women Vote

Joni Ernst, who's an officer in the Iowa Army National Guard, presents herself as a mother, soldier, leader. But many women aren't responding to that.
NPR

Tunisia's Emerging Tech Sector Hampered By Old Policies

When Tunisia's young people protested in 2011, they had one key demand: jobs. Now, despite new political leadership, that demand remains unmet — even in tech, the sector that offers the most promise.

Leave a Comment

Help keep the conversation civil. Please refer to our Terms of Use and Code of Conduct before posting your comments.