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St. Pete mayor removes Housing Authority members after accusations of misconduct

Rick Kriseman also accused the three of 'inefficiency' and 'neglect of duty' after a 10News report.
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ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — St. Petersburg Mayor Rick Kriseman has followed through on his threat to remove three members of the city's Housing Authority who he accused of misconduct.

The city council voted Thursday to remove Delphinia Davis, Harry Harvey, and Ann Sherman-White.

On April 29, Kriseman tweeted a photo of a stack of documents, saying he had just read about six counts of "inefficiency," "neglect of duty" and "misconduct."

In March, 10News reported accusations that the Housing Authority approved a $10,000 pay increase for its CEO without first reviewing performance evaluations.

“The statute doesn't give me the authority to remove them simply because I didn't like their decisions,” Kriseman said then. “It does, however, give me the authority to remove them if I think they've acted with malfeasance or they've negligently performed their duties, and I believe it has risen to that level."  

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At the time, St. Petersburg NAACP President Maria Scruggs expressed opposition to the mayor’s statements and said threatening to remove board members from office is an abuse of power. 

After Thursday's meeting, Kriseman tweeted: "Thank you to the @StPeteFL City Council for concurring with the removal of three SPHA commissioners. Those in need of SPHA services and quality, affordable housing deserve a diligent commission. Serving as a commissioner may be a voluntary position but it's still a sacred trust."

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