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October 28, 1998
HOUSING AUTHORITY AND COMMUNITY SERVICES AGENCY

Harris Hall Main Floor 9:00 a.m.

Commissioner Steve Cornacchia presided with Commissioner Ellie Dumdi, Bobby Green, Sr., Peter Sorenson and Cindy Weeldreyer present. Acting County Administrator David Garnick, County Counsel Teresa Wilson and Recording Secretary Melissa Zimmer were also present.

1. PUBLIC COMMENTS

None.

2. REGULAR BUSINESS

a. DISCUSSION/Evaluation of Housing Authority Director

Cornacchia summarized the evaluations he had seen on Chris Todis, Housing Authority Director. He said they were from those he manages and a female co-worker rated him partly as a manager and partly as a leader of the management team dealing with union and employee issues. Cornacchia said her evaluation was positive because he has improved. He added while she rated him in the "successful" range, everyone else has rated him in the "exceeds expectations" or the "exceptional" category.

Dumdi stated she has known Todis for 12 years. She said she has been impressed with his performance since he has taken over as Director of HACSA. She said he runs a good organization with good people and all the reports back from the federal level give him high ratings. She said there was a suggestion that was made in a constructive manner, and she echoes it, to be more visible to the public and celebrate the things that are done at HACSA. She said she would rank him a nine.

Green echoed Dumdi's comments on Todis and the value he brings to HACSA and Lane County. He said he has attended many dedication ceremonies on the developments that HACSA has been involved with. Green added he measures the success of those developments by Todis' leadership. He said Todis' style is to be in the back and he keeps his staff up front, and he delegates his power judiciously to the people who can get the job done. Plus, his communication is always open and he is accessible. He said that Richie Weinman's comment (from the City of Eugene), is the one that stated Todis needed to be more visible when it is appropriate. Green said he is comfortable with his relationship with Chris Todis and the people that work for him. He said for an overall rating, he would give Todis an eight plus or nine.

Weeldreyer stated she has worked with Chris Todis for six years and the first two years were more adversarial than in later years. She said over time she has watched Chris Todis' management style change and it was reflected in his staff. She added he and his staff have been very responsive to her and her constituents. She said overall, HACSA has been rated by the Housing and Urban Development agency as a top performer. She said there is professionalism evident throughout all levels of the organization. She said reflecting all of the evaluations by his peers and subordinates, she said her personal observations have been reflected and would put him in the nine category.

Sorenson stated Todis did a great job and he should continue delegating. He added that Todis needed to advocate more for low-income housing. He rated him an eight plus.

Cornacchia echoed the comments of his colleagues. He said he offered a goal that is within the organization, for the agency to work continually to reduce the amount of tenant write-offs that occur each year. He stated he has heard consensus of an eight and a half which means his rating is in the exceptional range.

Chris Todis thanked everyone for their comments.

Dumdi stated that twelve years ago the write-offs were awful and they have gotten better over time.

3. CONSENT CALENDAR

a. Approval of Minutes: September 23, 1998, 9:00 a.m.
October 7, 1998, 10:15 a.m.

b. ORDER 98-10-28-1H/In the Matter of Accepting a Bid and Awarding Contract #99-C-002 for the Apartment Remodel for Accessibility.

c. ORDER 98-10-28-2H/In the Matter of Accepting a Bid and Awarding Contract #99-S-0001 for the Vacate Cleaning of Public Housing Residential Units.

d. ORDER 98-10-28-3H/In the Matter of Accepting a Bid and Awarding Contract #98-C-0063 for the Improvements to Veneta Duplexes.

e. ORDER 98-10-28-4H/In the Matter of Adopting a Revised Capitalization Policy.

f. ORDER 98-10-28-5H/In the Matter of Amending the Agency's Personnel Policy.

MOTION: to approve the Consent Calendar.

Dumdi MOVED, Weeldreyer SECONDED.

VOTE: 5-0.

4. EXECUTIVE SESSION as per ORS 192.660

None.

There being no further business Commissioner Cornacchia adjourned the HACSA meeting at 9:20 a.m.

Melissa Zimmer
Recording Secretary

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