Housing chief out 

Bombarded by umpteen articles from the Sentinel, several visits from television stations and a cover story by Orlando Weekly that lead the charge `A Wayward Shepherd, Jan. 11`, Tim Hudson has decided to resign his post as executive director of the Sanford Housing Authority effective March 15.

In typical fashion, the Housing Authority failed to announce the move. Reporters were tipped to Hudson's resignation after an ad was placed last weekend in the Sanford-based Seminole Herald seeking a replacement.

Hudson, whose salary was $81,000 a year, still faces a program audit by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.

Residents of the beleaguered agency's housing were naturally joyful to hear of Hudson's departure.

"It's a good thing," says longtime tenant Mary Noble. "He did a lot of bad things to a lot of people."

Noble, who helps run a tenant association at the Housing Authority, says she is unconcerned that the Authority's five-member board might hire somebody worse than Hudson. "I don't think anybody can be as bad as him," she says. "He was the worst director ever."

Next on the wish list: the resignation of the Authority's five board members, who allowed Hudson to operate virtually unchecked -- even as court judgments and evidence of his bad management mounted in recent weeks.

"Hudson can leave on the 15th," Noble says. "And they can leave on the 16th."

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