AMHA investigation turned over to county prosecutor's office  


JEFFERSON — The investigation into Ashtabula Metropolitan Housing Authority and its former director James Noyes has been turned over to the Ashtabula County Prosecutor’s Office, officials confirmed Thursday.

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 but few details have been released to the public.

Ashtabula County Prosecutor Cecilia Cooper said the matter remains under investigation.

“We have reviewed the evidence and are continuing to gather information,” she said. “I anticipate a decision on whether charges will be pursued in the near future.”

Cleveland attorney Carl Muller, who is representing the AMHA in this case, said in an email that Cooper and Noyes’ lawyers are talking. 

The state auditor and the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development will only acknowledge receipt of the investigation.

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.

Noyes could not be reached for comment. 

The board recently appointed Acting Director Kevin Peterson to fill AMHA’s top spot. 

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.


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