Housing office chief resigns

SANDUSKY One fired. One quit. Now one left. City Housing and Neighborhood Division pr
Sandusky Register Staff
May 24, 2010



One fired. One quit. Now one left.

City Housing and Neighborhood Division program administrator Mary Bird resigned late Friday afternoon, city manager Matt Kline said.

Bird was one of three housing and neighborhood division employees who has been on paid administrative leave since Nov. 16 pending the results of an investigation into the city's Community Housing Improvement Program.

Bird sent a letter of only a few sentences explaining she was resigning for personal reasons, Kline said.

"As far as I'm concerned the issue is done," Kline said. "I think it's understandable that she has resigned."

Kline said he had not yet made an official decision as to Bird's future with the city.

Mark Warren, rehabilitation specialist with the city housing and neighborhood development division, was immediately terminated when he failed to show up for his scheduled disciplinary hearing.

Kline said he hopes to have a decision regarding program coordinator Kaye Conway by Tuesday.

On March 18, the city received a grim report from the state documenting sloppy paperwork, incomplete projects and mismanaged funds.

Bird was first hired by the city as a special projects coordinator for the Community Development Department in 2000, according to paperwork in her personnel file.

In her 2006 employee evaluation, her supervisor noted that Bird was almost always accurate, requires absolute minimum supervision, strives hard and has a high desire to achieve.

Bird's evaluation also noted, however, that "dealing with federal regulations is a constant learning process."