Another Housing Boss Ousted

Daily Herald (Arlington Heights, IL), August 30, 2012 | Go to article overview

Another Housing Boss Ousted


Byline: Robert Sanchez bsanchez@dailyherald.com By Robert Sanchez bsanchez@dailyherald.com

Just eight months after being brought in to help clean up the embattled DuPage Housing Authority, David Hoicka has been fired from his job as executive director.

Housing authority board Chairman Thomas Good announced the change in leadership Wednesday morning. He said Hoicka was let go a day earlier "without cause" by the board.

"It's disappointing that a change in direction was necessary," said Good, adding that the board chose to exercise the "no-cause" termination provision in Hoicka's contract.

In a written statement, the housing board said: "The board of commissioners appreciates the work Mr. Hoicka accomplished with the housing authority and the strides that were made during his management of the agency."

Hoicka's termination came about two weeks after board members received an unsigned letter that was highly critical of Hoicka's management style. The sender of the letter claimed that it was written by housing authority staff members.

Good said the letter wasn't a factor in the board's decision.

"The board does not react to anonymous letters," he said.

Attempts to contact Hoicka on Wednesday were unsuccessful. No one answered the door at his Wheaton home.

Hoicka, who had served in senior management for housing agencies in Texas, Louisiana and Hawaii, was hired in January as part of ongoing efforts to overhaul the Wheaton-based agency that once mismanaged more than $10 million in federal funding.

He replaced John Day, who was forced to resign last year after the U.S. Office of Inspector General released two audits critical of the agency. A third audit concluded the agency improperly spent more than $5.8 million in federal money and failed to adequately document another $4.7 million.

Hoicka took the reins of the agency after the board conducted a nationwide search for an executive director. …

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