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The second in command of the San Diego Housing Commission will step in as interim president and CEO following his appointment to the position by the San Diego City Council on Tuesday.

Meeting as the San Diego Housing Authority, council members unanimously voted to appoint Jeff Davis, a 25-year veteran of the housing commission, to replace Rick Gentry, whose resignation takes effect March 31.

“I look forward to continuing the San Diego Housing Commission’s excellence in rental assistance, homelessness solutions and affordable housing to help families with low income in the city of San Diego,” Davis said following his appointment. “I thank the City Council and the Housing Commission’s Board of Commissioners for this opportunity, and current president and CEO Rick Gentry for his outstanding leadership of the agency for the last 14 years.”

Davis most recently has served as the deputy chief executive officer and held various other positions at the agency.


Gentry announced his resignation Feb. 22, a week after the San Diego City Council formed a committee to look into reforms of the Housing Commission following a controversy involving the organization’s purchase of two extended-stay hotels to house homeless people.

The city filed a lawsuit against a broker and others involved in the purchase of one of the hotels after learning the broker had a financial interest in the transaction.

As deputy CEO, Davis oversees all of the Housing Commission’s major divisions, including real estate, rental assistance, homelessness initiatives and policy.

His previous leadership positions at the Housing Commission included chief of staff and senior vice president of rental assistance, the commission’s largest division.

Davis also serves on the board of the National Leased Housing Association, is a member of the Housing Committee for the National Association of Housing and Redevelopment Officials and serves as a board member of the organization’s Pacific Southwest Regional Council.

The Housing Commission has more than 350 employees and a budget of more than $600 million and is an affordable housing developer, investor and lender to affordable housing projects. The commission also owns or manages more than 4,100 affordable rental housing units in the city of San Diego.

The Housing Commission also provides federal rental assistance to more than 16,000 low-income families who live in the city.

Source: This post first appeared on sandiegouniontribune.com

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