Willis Logan, a Springfield native, was director of Springfield's Economic and Community Development Department from 1979 to 1988.
...The Quincy Housing Authority has hired former Springfield Housing Authority Executive Director Willis Logan to be its interim director.Logan
, 64, has been hired for six months and replaces the retiring George Harper, who steps down March 15.
will start two days later.Logan
has spent much of his
career in public housing administration.The Springfield native was director of Springfield's Economic and Community Development Department
from 1979 to 1988.He
worked for Jim Edgar
before Edgar became governor and was also with the Department of Commerce
and Economic Opportunity as director of housing during Edgar's
administration.Logan was Springfield Housing Authority's director from 1997 to 2003.He also served as Havana's interim housing director in 2006-07.
"Overall, Quincy is in a pretty good situation from what I've seen from afar," Logan
The board will begin its search March 17 when it meets with Logan
The board wants a new director to be hired within 90 days, then spent another three months with Logan
getting on-the-job training.
will be paid $12,000 for his six-month stint in Quincy, Murry said.
said Springfield has about 1,000 public housing units.He
told directors around the state when he
retired in 2003 that he
would be willing to help out with other housing authorities, so Quincy came calling when Harper announced his
"I'll have to come in and do an assessment and figure out very quickly where things are," Logan
said."Once you get a handle on that, you have a better chance to figure out where you are going and what it takes to get there."Logan
said Harper did a good job as director and he
sees potential for public housing in Quincy.He
wants to get more familiar with the job before identifying specific issues.
"Quincy is primed to take some positive steps in a year or so," Logan
says he'll likely keep living in Springfield and commute to Quincy.