SRHA director will not see a raise

Published 12:00 am Sunday, August 31, 2003

During yet another resurgence of criticism launched at executive director Clarissa E. McAdoo and her staff, the Suffolk Redevelopment and Housing Authority’s Board of Commissioners on Tuesday unanimously voted not to increase her salary.

After spending two hours in closed session evaluating McAdoo’s performance, the commissioners voted 8-0 to keep its chief official’s pay at $83,437 annually. Last year, she received a 4.5 percent pay raise.

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&uot;We will continue Mrs. McAdoo’s salary at the current level at this time,&uot; said SRHA Board Vice Chairman Elizabeth Smith, head of the administrative and finance committee. &uot;We will continue to discuss with McAdoo our performance expectations.&uot;

Smith explained after the meeting that the vote is binding and that there are no plans to reconsider McAdoo’s salary before her next annual evaluation.

&uot;She merits every dollar we give her to this point,&uot; Smith said. &uot;We look forward to giving her more direction in the future.&uot;

Earlier this year, amid complaints stemming from recent firings, evictions and other internal unrest made public, the board mapped out objectives deemed imperative to improving the operation of the housing authority.

Board members made it clear Tuesday that they hadn’t seen as much progress on the goals as they had hoped for.

&uot;We have more work to do as a commission and an agency,&uot; said Smith.