(Orange, Texas)


July 17, 2013

Robinson resigns from Housing Authority

ORANGE — Housing Authority Orange Commissioner Joseph Robinson submitted a letter of resignation to Orange City Mayor Jimmy Sims.

The resignation was announced by an e-mail sent to area newspapers by Robinson.

Robinson said his letter stated he would step down effective September 1, 2013. Robinson’s term was to end October 2014.

“The Mayor sent me a letter stating I would be replaced at the next council meeting,” Robinson said in the e-mail. “I do not agree with the way things are being done so I am being replaced early.”

The mayor confirmed receiving the letter of resignation.

“It is nothing against him [Robinson],” Sims said. “We appreciate his service - a free service.”

A commissioner of a housing authority may not receive compensation for service of a commissioner. It is a volunteer service to the community.

The mayor has recently reviewed several applications for the position as one chair has remained vacant since Mary McKenna stepped down upon winning the election for City of Orange Council Member District 4 in May.

“I felt we need to more forward,” Sims said. “I felt it was more productive to replace the position now rather than later.”

Robinson said in a phone interview that he felt he was unable to get the community support needed.

The redevelopment project is one that Robinson questioned.

“I spoke with HUD and it was not something they had to do,” Robinson said. “The funds could be used to remodel homes and do not have to be used to rebuild new units.”

Commissioners are appointed for two year terms which are normally staggered since the original board would have two members appointed for one-year terms and three commissioners with two-year terms according to Section 392.034 of the Local Government Code Title 12. Planning and Development.

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