Former Housing Authority chief, Mike Kelly, returning to D.C.

In an unexpected shake-up of a major city agency, Mayor Vincent C. Gray named Michael Kelly as director of the Department of Housing and Community Development, less than three years after resigning from the D.C. Housing Authority, which he led for nine years.

After leaving the District, Kelly was general manager of the New York City Housing Authority for a year before being tapped by the Obama administration to lead an overhaul of the troubled Philadelphia Housing Authority, which is under federal receivership.

Kelly, who was not available for comment Monday, cited “personal reasons” Friday when he commented about his departure to the Philadelphia Inquirer. “I’m going back to Washington,” he told the paper.

–  Washington Post

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