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, [auth] 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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