Floyd Duran, who oversees the Lafayette Housing Authority as receiver for the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, announced Thursday afternoon that Yvonda Bean will take over as executive director of the local agency. She replaces Katie Anderson, who was abruptly terminated as ED after her annual contract expired in May.
Durel’s successor, however, has made resuming local oversight of the LHA a priority of his administration; in May Joel Robideaux appointed the following “advisory” board of commissioners:
• Mark Becnel, Employee Management Solutions, owner
• Kim Boudreaux, Catholic Services of Acadiana, executive director
• Shelton Cobb, former member of the Lafayette Parish School Board
• Monica Gibbs, Department of Health and Hospitals/Office of Public Health, retired
• Polly Williams, Lafayette Parish School System, reading tutor
The advisory board members played no role in the selection process for a new executive director — HUD’s Duran made the decision — and it remains unclear whether Robideaux and HUD intend for these advisory members to stay on as permanent board members.
Anderson, a highly respected housing authority executive who was brought in five years ago to clean up Guillory’s mess and by just about any measure was doing an excellent job, was not given a reason for her dismissal. Anderson had been working on a year-to-year contract.
HUD also refused to answer The IND’s questions about why Anderson was being replaced and even declined to release the names of the applicants for the ED post.
"Filling this position puts us one step closer to regaining local oversight of the Housing Authority, which best serves the people of Lafayette,” Robideaux said in the press release announcing the Bean hire.
Read more about Bean's experience and education here.