Director of Chelsea, MA Housing Authority Resigns Following Criticism of his 360K Annual Salary

Posted by erik devaney

The director of the Chelsea Housing Authority has stepped down after coming under fire from the governor for his $360,000 annual salary.

Michael McLaughlin said he stepped down on Wednesday because without the governor’s support, his effectiveness would be “seriously compromised.” He also defended his pay, saying he “more than earned” it.

Gov. Deval Patrick called McLaughlin’s salary “outrageous,” especially at a time when public housing is being flat-funded during a down economy.

Established in 1946, the Chelsea Housing Authority is responsible for addressing the housing needs of lower and moderate income residents. The organization is authorized by state law and is regulated by its funding sources: the Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD) and the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD)

Michael McLaughlin

The Boston Globe reports that Patrick also called on the five-member board that approved McLaughlin’s salary to step down.

The governor also temporarily froze state funding to the agency because McLaughlin allegedly deliberately underreported his pay to the state.

The attorney’s general’s office is investigating whether McLaughlin broke any laws.


Information from: The Boston Globe,

Copyright 2011 The Associated Press.

(With additional information from New England Post)

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