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RRHA CEO Adrienne Goolsby resigns

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Posted at 4:57 PM, Jan 30, 2015
and last updated 2015-01-30 17:16:21-05

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RICHMOND, Va. — Adrienne Goolsby, the CEO of the Richmond Redevelopment and Housing Authority, resigned Friday after serving less than three years in the role.

In a news release, the RRHA Board of Commissioners credited Goolsby with raising ratings for the housing system.

“During her tenure, Ms. Goolsby has played an important role in the Master Development Agency for the redevelopment of Creighton Court, improving the agency’s performance from a substandard rating to a standard rating, promoting and enhancing rating to a standard rating, promoting and enhancing STEM initiatives for a RRHA’s youth, developing a 5-year strategic plan for RRHA and many other laudable accomplishments.”

However, Goolsby was also at the helm when longtime RRHA Police Chief Hal Hazelton was placed on administrative leave and then fired with no explanation.

Additionally, a CBS 6 News Investigation in November of 2013 revealed a master set of keys to more than 4,000 Richmond homes stolen from an unlocked vehicle.

The RRHA knew the keys were missing, but instead of telling residents, they started replacing locks over the course of a few weeks. The final price tag was nearly $300,000.

Nearly a week after the first report aired, the agency told residents they acted appropriately to protect residents – and that a new policy was in place to make sure this does not happen again.

During that time Goolsby pledged that she was  committed to openness and transparency, but would not sit down with CBS 6 for an interview.

The board appointed T.K. Somanath, the former president of the Better Housing Coalition, to serve as interim CEO while the agency conducts a nationwide search for a new leader.

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