Six months after installing a new executive director and setting course for smoother seas, the board that oversees Lakeland Housing Authority has found the going bumpy.
Bruce Lyon has tossed in the gavel as chairman of the housing agency’s board of commissioners, citing an inability to lead a body cobbled by turnover and lack of vision.
Lyon, president of Swan Development Advisors, is a seasoned expert in urban redevelopment. His expertise in the field of affordable housing made him a natural to lead Polk County’s largest housing authority with a budget of approximately $28 million.
The board’s vice chairman, Beverly Copeland, also an expert in urban housing, appears likely to follow Lyon’s path.
Both are disenchanted with turnover — four of the six remaining commissioners have served less than a year — and Ben Stevenson, installed as executive director in May to bring stability and continue to seek ways to increase the city’s stock of affordable housing.