AMHA investigation report complete but details scarce 


ASHTABULA — Details are scarce when it comes to the investigation into Ashtabula Metropolitan Housing Authority and its former director James Noyes.

The Housing Authority and Noyes have been under scrutiny by the state auditor and the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development for more than two years, and officials say they still haven’t received a copy of report, according to Cleveland attorney Carl Muller, who is representing the AMHA in this case.

“There is not a great deal I can tell you at this juncture,” Muller said in a email to the Star Beacon. “The investigation has been completed but AMHA has not received a copy of the investigation report as yet and the agency does not know what actions, if any, will be taken now that the investigation has been completed.”

The Star Beacon’s inquiries into the investigation this week have resulted only in acknowledgement of receipt from the state auditor and the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.

Noyes, who was on paid administrative leave for seven months, retired June 30 after more than 25 years of service, said Steve Sargent, vice chairman of the AMHA board of commissioners.

The board then appointed Kevin Peterson, who was serving as acting executive director, to fill the position.

Sargent said Noyes chose to retire, rather than continue on paid leave.

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.

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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