ASHTABULA — A familiar face has officially taken over the reins at the Ashtabula Metropolitan Housing Authority.

Kevin Peterson, who was appointed acting executive director last November, replaces executive director James Noyes, who retired June 30 after more than 25 years of service, said Steve Sargent, vice chairman of the AMHA board of commissioners, during a phone interview Monday.

The Housing Authority has been under scrutiny by the state auditor and the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development for the more than two years, and officials say they still don’t know exactly why, but they do know the investigation involves Noyes. Consequently, on Nov. 14, 2019, the AMHA Board of Commissioners placed Noyes on paid administrative leave, Sargent said.

“He was eligible for retirement so that’s the path he chose,” Sargent said.

Noyes joined the AMHA as an independent contractor and served as the operations manager in January 1993. He was promoted to executive director in December 1994.

 

Sargent referred all questions about the on-going investigation to the AMHA’s attorney for that case, Carl Muller of Cleveland. Muller could not be reached for comment Monday.

Peterson will continue to serve as AMHA’s director while the Board of Commissioners conducts a search for a new one, Sargent said.

“In the meantime, the AMHA Board looks forward to continuing the AMHA’s important mission of assisting Ashtabula County residents with safe and affordable housing,” Sargent said.

AMHA’s Board of Commissioners consists of Sargent, Tony Collette, Amy Coursen, Betty Jackson and Mark Astorino. Ashtabula attorney Thomas Simon serves as counsel.

 

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