New London - Sue Shontell, acting director of the New London Housing authority for more than a year, was appointed permanent director on Tuesday.
The Housing Authority unanimously named Shontell
, a New London native, to the position during its monthly board meeting at Riozzi Court elderly housing project.
"It's been a very interesting year, and you've brought us through that quite well,'' said Chairman David Collins
, 49, took over as acting director in July 2009, replacing Joseph A. Abrams, who went out on sick leave in June 2009 and resigned in August 2009.
The executive director's salary is listed in the 2010-11 budget at $75,752, but Shontell
and the authority have yet to negotiate her
But during the past 14 months, Shontell
has managed to redirect $380,000 in federal stimulus money that was supposed to be used for playground equipment and parking lots to more essential needs like buying new hot water heaters and upgrading elevators.
set up a payment plan with Northeast Utilities and recommended the authority adopt an internal controls policy that spells out guidelines for housing staff that will safeguard assets, verify the accuracy of accounting data and ensure that all policies are in compliance with federal and state regulations.
In August HUD sent the authority a letter saying management had improved and left the decision of whether or not to hire an outside management company up to the five-member board.
The board unanimously opted to keep its management and praised Shontell
for addressing and fixing many of the agency's systemic problems.
During her tenure as acting director, Shontell also helped in the final negotiations for a ground lease with Carabetta Organization for a $48 million deal to renovate and then manage 302 moderate-income housing units at Bates Woods and Briarcliff.