Frazier resigns housing post

Published 3:08 am Saturday, January 3, 2009

FRANKLIN—The Franklin Redevelopment and Housing Authority is losing its executive director, Sheryl Frazier.

After almost four years in Franklin, Frazier’s last day will be “sometime in February,” she said.

Frazier resigned her position here to head for Warner Robins, Ga., where she will take over as executive director of the Housing Authority there.

Frazier said she will miss her friends at the Franklin Housing Authority.

“This is just a career move for me,” she said. “I worked with a wonderful group of people here, and I’ll definitely miss them.”

While here at Franklin’s Housing Authority, Frazier counts jump starting the Life Skills program as one of her biggest accomplishments.

“Before I got here, the Franklin Housing Authority had not taken advantage of the Life Skills program,” she said. “I wrote the grants for funding and recruited community volunteers to teach the classes.”

Frazier explained that the Life Skills program helps residents further their education so they can improve their circumstances.

“I’ll never forget my first graduating class,” Frazier said. “One resident in particular sticks out to me. She was always getting in trouble and close to eviction. After going through the Life Skills program, she is now employed full-time and on the track to home ownership.”

Two prominent citizens said Frazier’s impact on Franklin has been significant, and she will be missed.

“Her leaving will be a huge loss to this city,” said Mayor Jim Councill. “She has been an amazing director and has become a major force for positive change in Franklin.

“Her leaving is both a professional and personal loss to me.”

Vice Mayor Raystine Johnson said Frazier achieved a lot in her tenure at the Housing Authority.

“Under Sheryl’s direction, many of Franklin’s residents were able to become homeowners for the first time,” she said. “Also, many graduates of the life skills program she promoted are now employed. I am very proud of her accomplishments”

Johnson said finding Frazier’s replacement will be tough.

“It’s going to be difficult to find someone who works just as hard and is as motivated as Sheryl to take her place,” she said.