HAWAIIAN GARDENS : City Worker Placed on Leave Amid Probe
The City Council has placed a high-ranking employee in the city’s public housing agency on administrative leave and ordered an investigation into possible conflict-of-interest charges.
The employee, who oversees the city’s federally funded housing program for low-income families, apparently was paid to manage an apartment building for several months by a landlord who was participating in the program and was temporarily out of state, a city official said.
In a closed meeting Tuesday, the council ordered City Administrator Nelson Oliva to investigate whether the employee violated city codes prohibiting conflicts of interest, the official said. The employee, whose name was not released, was placed on leave last week.
City officials would not release any other information concerning the investigation.
The employee coordinated the U.S. Housing and Urban Development’s Section 8 program, which provides federal rent subsidies for low-income families to obtain housing. HUD contracts with the city’s public housing agency, which oversees the program.