Steamboat city planner selected as finalist for Housing Authority director

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— The Yampa Valley Housing Authority — which has been without an executive director since this summer — has narrowed the choices for its next top staff member down to a single finalist.

Jason Peasley, who currently works in the city of Steamboat Springs' Planning and Community Development Department, is the Housing Authority board of director’s choice for its executive director position.

The previous executive director, George Krawzoff, was fired early into his tenure in an impromptu and legally questionable manner in July that was later redressed by the Housing Authority's board during an August meeting.

The Housing Authority now is in a two-week comment period and plans to officially appoint Peasley on Oct. 30.

“I saw it as a really good opportunity to transition my career into an advocacy role,” Peasley said about the move from the Planning Department.

Housing Authority board President Rich Lowe said the organization started the process with 20 candidates and conducted interviews with eight of them.

Lowe said Peasley has been “somewhat involved” with the Housing Authority in the past, and the board is familiar with him from presentations he has made as part of the city’s Planning Department.

Peasley said he worked with the Housing Authority to set “housing baselines that we could use as measurable objectives for the community to achieve” as a part of the city’s Area Community Plan.

Peasley’s “knowledge and experience with the inner workings of the city” departments and processes will be a boon, Lowe said.

Acknowledging it will be a different landscape for him, Peasley said he is excited to take on a leadership position in the community.

Lowe said some of Peasley’s first tasks would be to get up to speed on the management of the Housing Authority’s two properties, the ongoing efforts to either sell or refinance the Elk River Village property, and the home buyer education classes the organization wants to bring back.

The Housing Authority was formed via an intergovernmental agreement between the city of Steamboat Springs and Routt County. It receives annual funding from both, as well as revenues from the affordable housing developments it manages in Steamboat.

To reach Michael Schrantz, call 970-871-4206 or email mschrantz@SteamboatToday.com

Comments

Scott Wedel 1 year, 10 months ago

Peasley’s “knowledge and experience with the inner workings of the city” departments and processes will be a boon, Lowe said.

Well, I hope that is not viewed as the top priorities of his new job.

Far more important is fixing the agency's financial situation and doing the sort of internal review to finally recognize the error in the Elk River purchase was not the unexpected market decline, but the whole concept of a government agency taking market risks is unacceptable.

It is probably too much to hope that he'd also recognize the board's governance is extremely weak that is entirely too agreeable and needs to be strengthened with stronger members from more diverse backgrounds.

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