Big spender

Housing retreat: Tax dollars misused for off-site before housing commissioner leaves.

November 11, 1999

ITS NOT the worst misuse of the publics dollar weve ever seen. Yet, Daniel P. Henson III ought to have known better.

The soon-to-depart head of the citys housing department and its public housing authority is merely a caretaker now, awaiting the Dec. 7 inauguration of the next mayor. This is not the time for bold plans or 2 1/2 day, taxpayer-funded management retreats in scenic St. Michaels.

Mr. Henson defended the trip and its $13,446 price tag, saying the retreat was needed to lay out a strategy for streamlining and making the operation of public housing more efficient. Yeah, right.

It doesnt take a rocket scientist to figure out that it would make far more sense if the retreat had been delayed until Mr. Hensons successor the man or woman who will lead the agency into the next millennium was in place.

Shame on you, Mr. Henson, for your cavalier lack-of-regard for the taxpayers of the city of Baltimore.

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