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September 25, 2005|By Annie Linskey

Eric C. Brown

Occupation

Executive director, Annapolis housing authority.

In the news

Brown was named executive director of the Housing Authority of the City of Annapolis last week. When he starts his new job Oct. 10, he will manage the city's 10 public-housing projects. Brown signed a three-year contract that will pay him $100,000 a year. He takes over after a surge of violence in the city's public-housing neighborhoods -- particularly in Robinwood, where there was a homicide and several shootings this summer.

Career highlights

From November 1993 until May 2000, Brown was the deputy executive director of the Housing Authority of Baltimore City. Recently he has worked as a consultant to troubled housing authorities around the country. He also has worked in upper management at public-housing authorities in New Orleans, Birmingham, Ala., and Meridian, Miss.

Personal

Brown, 53, graduated from the University of Mississippi in 1973 and earned a master's degree in urban and regional planning from the university in 1977. He graduated from Miles Law School in Birmingham, Ala., in 1986. He was born in Indianola, Miss. He lives in Baltimore with his wife and has two sons.

Philosophy

"Public housing is often housing of last resort. But just because the people that live in this housing are poor does not mean they have to live in deplorable conditions. My feeling is that everybody -- even if they are poor, or feel abandoned -- want the same things. They want to be able to feel safe and secure, have a decent place to call home, and feel comfortable and safe in their homes."

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