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Housing Authority boss fired after spending issues

April 23, 2012 • State News

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A report shows the fired top executive at the Albuquerque Housing Authority used a government vehicle to “get her hair done” and violated a ban on gifts by purchasing holiday turkeys, hams and polo shirts to boost employee morale.

The report by the city inspector general obtained by the Albuquerque Journal shows Dolly Newman had the agency buy a Dodge Charge and a van and used the car as her take-home vehicle. She defended gifts and told investigators she thought she had the authority for the spending.

The Housing Authority’s board fired her from her $93,000-per year job last week after reviewing the report.

The Journal couldn’t reach Newman for comment.

The Housing Authority is a semi-independent agency largely funded by federal grants. It helps low-income, disabled and elderly residents.

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