Mayor Nutter taps 9 for Philadelphia Housing Authority board

In a major step toward restoring local control of the Philadelphia Housing Authority, Mayor Nutter has submitted to City Council the names of nine candidates for the agency’s Board of Commissioners.  The nominees are:  1) Joan Markman, the city’s chief integrity officer; 2) Lynette Brown-Sow, vice president of marketing and communications for Community College of Philadelphia; 3) Nelson Diaz, a former city solicitor, Common Pleas Court judge, and general counsel for HUD. 4) Herbert Wetzel, former executive director of the Redevelopment Authority and now a housing expert for City Council; 5) The Rev. Leslie Callahan, pastor of St. Paul’s Baptist Church in North Philadelphia. 6) The Rev. Bonnie Camarda, director of partnerships for the Salvation Army of Greater Philadelphia; 7) Shellie Jackson, a PHA tenant who lives at the Hill Creek Apartments in the Northeast; 8) Vernell Tate, also a PHA resident and president of the tenant council at the Spring Garden Apartments; 9) Kenneth A. Murphy, a partner at the law firm Drinker Biddle. Under a law the General Assembly passed this year, the size of the board was expanded from five to nine, and the mayor’s nominations were subject to Council approval. Kelvin Jeremiah, PHA interim executive director, also endorsed the selections. He said that over the last two years, the authority had enacted stronger internal controls, hired new management, bolstered its internal legal department, and created a new audit and compliance department.

Philadelphia Inquirer

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