Public housing director named

Ex-Baltimore official takes Annapolis post


September 22, 2005|By Annie Linskey | Annie Linskey,sun reporter

Eric C. Brown, a former deputy housing director in Baltimore, was named yesterday as the new head of Annapolis' 10 public housing complexes.

"I want to focus on improving the relationships and improving the quality of the housing for the residences," said Brown, 53. "My intent is to be very active and very visible in the community."

Brown said he plans to commute to Annapolis from his home in the Pimlico area of Baltimore.

The appointment comes at a time when violence has increased in Annapolis' public housing neighborhoods, most notably in Robinwood, where a homicide and several shootings occurred over the summer.

Brown will be paid $100,000 a year, said Trudy McFall, chairwoman of the Annapolis Housing Authority's board of commissioners. Brown signed a three-year contract and will start work Oct. 10, McFall said.

In addition to working in Baltimore, Brown has held management positions at public housing authorities in New Orleans; Birmingham, Ala.; and Meridian, Miss. He earned a law degree from Miles Law School in Birmingham, and has a master's degree in urban and regional planning and a bachelor's degree from the University of Mississippi. He was born in Indianola, Miss.

Brown was one of about 30 candidates for the job, which was advertised in local and national outlets, McFall said. The board interviewed 10 candidates, and two finalists were invited to meet with public housing residents and community leaders, McFall said.

Brown will take over from Dennis Conti, a retired businessman who has held the position in an interim capacity since April.

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