HARTFORD —— Hartford Housing Authority Executive Director Alan E. Green has resigned, effective Friday, citing health reasons.
Green, 66, had been on leave at various times during his 4 ½-year tenure as head of the authority due to health issues. He most recently was on medical leave over the past month, colleagues said.
In a letter to Housing Authority Board Chairwoman Marilyn Rossetti dated Jan. 26, Green said he is leaving to focus on his health and family.
"After careful thought and consideration, and with regret, I have decided to resign as executive director of the housing authority," he wrote in the letter. "Attention to my health and family have become a prime consideration."
During his time as head of the agency, Green helped shepherd several projects, including the redevelopment of the Dutch Point, Stowe Village and Charter Oak housing complexes. The authority began demolition on another housing project, Nelton Court, in October, the first step in an effort to rebuild the development.
Green, a child of Hartford public housing, worked as a lawyer and administrator of philanthropic organizations in Hartford and New Haven before he was hired as the agency's director.
"During my tenure the authority has made significant progress in redeveloping its housing portfolio," Green wrote in his resignation letter. "We have successfully completed the redevelopment of the former Stowe Village, and we began the redevelopment of Nelton Court. I am also proud to say that during my tenure [the] staff and I have made significant progress in restoring the public's faith in the authority, and in our mission to work with integrity in providing safe, decent and affordable housing to our community."
Rossetti said Thursday that the decision to leave was a difficult one for Green.
"He hasn't been well. He's been in contact with the office, but [health issues] have taken a lot out of him," she said. "It was a hard decision for him. He's brilliant. He's a great leader, but it's time for him to focus on his family and his health. He needs to concentrate on his recovery."
Rossetti said the authority's board of commissioners will meet Friday to name an acting executive director.
Reprinted with permission of the Hartford Courant.
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