First Ansonia. Then Bridgeport came knocking, asking to borrow one of New Haven’s top housing officials to rescue a struggling housing authority.
The official, Jimmy Miller, deputy executive director for the New Haven housing authority, signed on Thursday as the interim executive director for Bridgeport’s housing authority beginning May 15.
That means he’ll briefly hold three jobs: one in New Haven, one in Bridgeport and one in Ansonia, where he has repeatedly stepped in to take the helm of the housing authority.
Miller’s latest stint as interim executive director of Ansonia’s housing authority ends in June, he said. He said he won’t really be doing three jobs at once: Backup staff will help him in Ansonia from May 15 until his Ansonia contract ends.
Laughter broke out in the third-floor hearing room of the New Haven’s housing authority Thursday when board members learned of Miller’s latest exploits. Bridgeport aims to borrow him to take over its housing authority from May 15 to Sept. 30. Bridgeport will pay New Haven a base payment of $106,500 to compensate for Miller’s time.
In his new role, Miller will take the lead on redeveloping Bridgeport’s Marina Village, an effort that has taken a long time to get off the ground. Commissioners voted 3-0 to approve the agreement.