Wednesday, February 20, 2013
Three workshops to be held by Medford Community Housing.
Medford Community Housing is hold three workshops for first-time home buyers during the month of March, according to a flyer posted on the city website. The workshops will take place on March 5, 7 and 12, all from 6 to 9 p.m. at the Medford Housing Authority at 121 Riverside Ave., Edgerly Hall. Cost is $60 per household. To register, visit the Medford Community Housing website, e-mail email@example.com or call Susan Collins at 978-873-5650.
Wednesday, September 12, 2012
Mayor says change has begun at authority.
A new executive director of the Medford Housing Authority should be appointed by the start of next year, according to a press release from Medford Mayor Michael McGlynn. The authority's former director, Robert Covelle, resigned in May at the urging of Gov. Deval Patrick after a federal audit showed he handed out contracts without putting them out to public bid, and separate reports surfaced alleging he often hired family and friends and practiced favoritism in the office. On Monday, Attorney General Martha Coakley announced an investigation that began last September had concluded and that Covelle had agreed to a $5,000 fine and a 6-year ban on public employment for failing to following procurement procedures. Covelle was appointed in 2009 …
Monday, September 10, 2012
Robert Covelle has been banned from any type of public office.
The former executive director of the Medford Housing Authority has been barred from public employment in Massachusetts, according to Attorney General Martha Coakley. Robert Covelle, 59, of Stoneham, resigned from his job at the authority earlier this year following a federal audit that found the authority failed to follow procurement procedures and also handed out projects without putting them out to public bid. Under an agreement with the Attorney General, Covelle admitted to failing to follow procurement procedures during construction at public housing community LaPrise Village, and for several security contracts, according to a press release from Coakley's office. The agreement calls for Covelle to be banned from public office for six …
Wednesday, July 11, 2012
Heather Merchant was approved by a 5-2 vote Tuesday.
As the Medford Housing Authority recovers from recent scandals, city councilors took more caution in approving a new member for the authority's board Tuesday. Heather Merchant, of 15 Light Guard Drive was approved as the newest appointee to the Medford Housing Authority's Board of Commissioners by a 5-2 vote by the council Tuesday night. Merchant, a resident of federal housing development LaPrise Village, will be one of the board's resident representatives. Merchant is a paraprofessional in Medford Public Schools and was selected by Mayor Michael McGlynn out of four applicants for the spot on the board. The approval is contingent on clearance by the State's Ethics Commission, since Merchant was appointed by McGlynn, who serves at the …
Thursday, May 17, 2012
Thursday, May 17, 2012
Medford Housing Authority Director Robert Covelle is resigning amid allegations that he gave contracts and staff jobs to close friends and family, and claims that he suspended a staff member who questioned the use of a politically connected contractor. A federal audit report released earlier this month found the authority spent about $1.3 million on contracts between 2010 and 2011 without using proper procurement procedures and millions more in federally-back dollars was used without following guidelines. Members of the housing authority's Board of Commissioners have said they were questioned by Massachusetts State Police and subpoenaed by a Grand Jury, but it isn't clear what those probes regard. Are you surprised? Is enough being done? …
Wednesday, May 16, 2012
Robert Covelle will receive three months severance, according to the Boston Globe.
The Boston Globe is reporting that Medford Housing Authority Executive Director Robert Covelle is set to resign from his post. Covelle will receive three months severance, about $31,500, according to the Globe. (Read the full report here: Embattled Medford housing chief Robert Covelle is resigning) Covelle has been under scrutiny since a federal audit report released in April raised issues with the authority's financial practices. Shortly after the audit, reports surfaced that Covelle allegedly hired close friends and family for jobs and contracts. Gov. Deval Patrick and Medford Mayor Michael McGlynn have both urged Covelle to resign. He had been on unpaid leave since late April. Read more:
Tuesday, May 15, 2012
No decision yet on Robert Covelle.
The Medford Housing Authority is in negotiations to end Robert Covelle's turn as its executive director, authority officials said Tuesday. But it isn't clear when those negotiations will end. "I hope soon," authority commissioner Sylviajean Baumeister said Tuesday. "But I have no idea when." Covelle has been under scrutiny since a federal audit report released in April raised issues with the authority's financial practices. Shortly after the audit, reports surfaced that Covelle allegedly hired close friends and family for jobs and contracts. Since then, Gov. Deval Patrick and Mayor Michael McGlynn have both called for Covelle to resign, and the City Council voted no confidence in him. The housing authority is a separate body from Medford …
Wednesday, May 2, 2012
Mayor asked authority director to resign in a letter Wednesday.
Mayor Michael McGlynn has asked the Executive Director of the Medford Housing Authority to resign. McGlynn's request follows the footsteps of Gov. Deval Patrick, who asked for Robert Covelle's resignation last week. Covelle has been under scrutiny since a federal audit report released in April raised issues with the authority's financial practices. Shortly after the audit, reports surfaced that Covelle allegedly hired close friends and family for jobs and contracts. Covelle agreed to a request from the housing authority's board of commissioners to take a two week, unpaid leave of absence starting Monday. McGlynn sent a letter to Covelle Wednesday asking he resign. "I strongly believe that it is in the best interest of the Medford Housing …
Saturday, April 28, 2012
Deval Patrick is demanding Robert Covelle resign, according to a Boston Globe report.
Governor Deval Patrick is calling for Robert Covelle to resign as executive director of the Medford Housing Authority, according to the Boston Globe. Patrick asked Covelle to resign through a letter from Aaron Gornstein, his housing authority undersecretary, on Thursday, the report said. Covelle has been under scrutiny since a federal audit report showed some contracts with the authority and outside contractors were agreed upon without going out to bid, and some work was done without signed contracts at all. Since the audit became public early in April, reports emerged that Covelle hired close friends to posts in the authority after taking over in 2009 and suspended employees who questioned the use of politically connected contractors. On …
Thursday, April 26, 2012
No talk of resignations or firings Wednesday.
Robert Covelle stood in the function room of one of the Riverside Avenue towers in front of the Medford Housing Authority's commission, residents and Medford citizens and outlined his plan to remedy issues raised in a federal audit report Wednesday night. There was no talk of resignations or firings among housing authority officials, only discussion of the plan to address issues raised in a federal audit and how it will be carried out. “The audit has opened our eyes to see that we have to revise our policies and we have to set up new procedures and assign duties and responsibilities to staff so that the staff can be held accountable,” Covelle said. The housing authority and Covelle -- its executive director -- have been scrutinized since …