Housing authority leader resigns

Published 10:06 am Saturday, February 27, 2010

FRANKLIN—Just weeks shy of her one-year anniversary of taking over the helm at the Franklin Redevelopment and Housing Authority, Deborah Rowe has stepped down.

“She resigned effective immediately,” said Vice Mayor Raystine Johnson, who also serves on the FRHA’s Board of Commissioners. She declined to elaborate further on the details of Rowe’s departure.

Rowe was hired as the authority’s executive director last March and, according to information supplied by the FRHA, she has spent more than 20 years developing, implementing and overseeing a wide range of affordable housing programs.

Rowe was hired to replace the FRHA’s former executive director, Sheryl Frazier, after Frazier took a job with the housing authority in Warner Robins, Ga. However, Johnson said that Frazier is back with the FRHA “on a part-time basis,” to help oversee its operations. Attempts to reach Frazier and FRHA board Chairman Harold Burkett for comment were unsuccessful.