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RRHA unanimously votes to hire next CEO

RICHMOND, Va. — The Richmond Redevelopment and Housing Authority board voted unanimously Wednesday to hire its next CEO, more than a year after the resignation of former leader T.K. Somanath.

Damon E. Duncan, who previously headed a local housing authority in the suburbs of Chicago, will assume the role of CEO beginning March 25.

As CEO, Duncan will head the organization responsible for the city’s thousands of public housing units, serving more than 10,000  residents ad providing subsidized housing for more than 3,000 of the city’s low income, disabled, and senior citizens.

Duncan was selected from a pool of finalists eyed by the RRHA for the position. In addition to several interviews with the Search Committee and the full board, Duncan also met with residents, RRHA staff and a range of stakeholders in Richmond.

Mr. Duncan released this statement: “I express sincere thanks to the RRHA Board of Commissioners for selecting me as their new CEO. I am looking forward to partnering with the City of Richmond, community stakeholders and RRHA residents to advance the business of affordable housing with the redevelopment of RRHA properties and enhancing the quality of life of its residents through supportive services initiatives. Richmond has a vast and storied history. We look forward to contributing to that history.”

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