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Housing Opportunities Commission seeks new executive director

Spann has held position since 2012

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This story was updated at 8:20 p.m. on June 4, 2021, to include more details and comments from HOC Chairman Roy Priest.

The Housing Opportunities Commission of Montgomery County is searching for a new executive director.

The current director, Stacy Spann, recently submitted a letter of resignation to the board, stating his last day would be July 30.

Spann has been in the role since February 2012. His current three-year contract was set to expire at the end of the month, but commissioners recently granted Spann a one-month extension, HOC Chairman Roy Priest said in an interview.

Spann did not respond to an email for comment Friday.

“The only thing I can tell you is he is seeking other employment on a personal level. He didn’t disclose what he was going to do,” Priest said. “And he’s not required to.”

During a brief meeting on Tuesday, Priest said the commission met in closed session on May 26 and approved a search committee and a request for proposals to search for a new executive director.

Priest said that after further consideration, he “determined it would be far more beneficial for the entire commission to participate in the various stages of a search process.”

The commission then unanimously voted to rescind the May 26 approval of a search committee and authorizations to issue a request for proposals.

The commission did not discuss the matter further, and the meeting adjourned after two minutes.

Priest said in an interview that the board’s action was to simplify the process for looking for a new executive director. HOC commissioners could still use a search firm, which will be determined within about the next 30 days, he added.

Priest said Spann has done good work as executive director, and was likely using his experience to seek his next career move.

“These are very tough jobs, and because it’s a public agency, we are under public scrutiny. … You gain experience, you use that experience, you move on to the next opportunity,” Priest said.

The Housing Opportunities Commission was established in 1974 “to better respond to the County’s need for affordable housing,” according to its website.

“HOC is authorized to acquire, own, lease, and operate housing; to provide for the construction or renovation of housing; obtain financial assistance from any public or private source to assist its housing activities; and arrange for social services, resident services and day care,” the website says.

Caitlynn Peetz can be reached at caitlynn.peetz@bethesdamagazine.com

Steve Bohnel can be reached at steve.bohnel@bethesdamagazine.com