One week after announcing his resignation, Mission Housing Authority Executive Director Jaime Acevedo will remain on board with the agency through the end of the year.
Acevedo, who originally set Friday, Dec. 11 as his last day, decided to stay at the agency through Thursday, Dec. 31. He made the announcement following a Monday meeting with the board of directors where he agreed to remain with the housing authority longer to assist in the transition process.
“The board told me they were still unsure of who would step in as interim director and told me they wanted me to consider staying an extra week or till the end of the month to help them select a person to transition,” Acevedo said. “I’m a team player and I decided to stay a bit longer to help them out till the end of the year to make the transition a bit smoother for the agency.”
The housing authority board will meet again in a meeting set for Friday, Dec. 11 to discuss and possibly appoint an interim director that Acevedo will assist until his last day.
According to Acevedo, the board is looking into getting an interim director in house from one of two directors employed at the agency, pending authorization from the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development which is being fast-tracked.
The housing authority currently has four employees leading their departments. They include:
- Clemente Gutierrez, Section 8 Housing director
- Danny Sanchez, public housing director
- Juan Daniel “J.D.” Vela, maintenance director
- Letty Lozano, compliance director who also manages the office
“It may be someone appointed from the outside,” Acevedo said. “With COVID being what it is, we expect there to be a good pool of candidates if there’s many people out of a job.”
The agency will immediately advertise the executive director position and close it on January 15 to select a permanent executive director shortly afterward, Acevedo said.
“The board even said I could apply for my job back,” Acevedo said. “Everyone is kind of sad to see me go, I get daily calls from board members asking me to reconsider but my mind is pretty much made up.”
Acevedo’s resignation came nearly eight months after he was hired to serve the agency following his predecessor, Joel A. Gonzalez, retiring nearly one year ago.
Acevedo previously served in the Hidalgo County Urban County Program before working for Mission Community Development Block Grant program and becoming the city’s planning director.
Acevedo, who will be resigning to focus on his family, said he gladly agreed to extend his final days at the housing authority.
“I want to leave in good standing and don’t want people to think I didn’t help out or wasn’t a team player because on the contrary, I love this position,” Acevedo said. “I loved helping out people the way I have these last couple of months and wanted to leave on good terms. If they asked me to do something I was going to comply and not say no, that would’ve been the wrong thing to do.”