After a national search, the Raleigh Housing Authority’s governing board decided that it already had the executive director it wants.
The board announced this week that it had chosen Wayne Felton, who had been interim director since December, when former director Steve Beam retired.
Felton, 46, joined the authority as director of maintenance in November 2011. He also worked with the authority in 2001 to oversee the redevelopment of the Capitol Park apartments as part of a larger project, and has worked in private development.
A native of Eure, Felton holds a bachelor’s degree in engineering and technology from UNC-Charlotte. He will make $143,000 per year in the new role, according to the authority.
The Raleigh Housing Authority is tasked with building and managing affordable housing. It is not part of the city government.
Justice starts at home
The Orange County Bias-Free Policing Coalition asked the Orange County sheriff and Chapel Hill, Carrboro and Hillsborough police chiefs this week to weed out any racial bias in their departments.
The coalition’s report noted findings of a statewide police bias study released in December (nando.com/1b4). The report also recommended 11 steps, including periodic review of stop, search and arrest data; mandatory use of written consent-to-search forms; and treating marijuana possession as a low-priority crime.
“Justice must start at home,” said Frank Baumgartner, a UNC political science professor involved in the study. “We are calling on our local community leaders to show leadership by looking seriously into these issues and working with community groups to enact meaningful reforms.”
▪ Alison Kiser, Director of Public Affairs for Planned Parenthood of Central North Carolina, will speak to Democratic Women of Wake County on Thursday, May 28, at NCSU University Club, 4200 Hillsborough St. in Raleigh. Buffet begins at 11:30 a.m., followed by the program at noon. Lunch is $20; the meeting is free. For lunch reservations, contact Cindy Sinkez at 919-319-8375 or firstname.lastname@example.org by Monday.
Compiled by Andrew Kenney and Tammy Grubb.