GREENVILLE — The South Delta Regional Housing Authority’s Board of Commissioners has voted to place executive director A.J. Jefferson on administrative leave.
The board made the decision after federal investigators this week brought new charges against Jefferson. She already faced trial on three counts of intimidating witnesses in a federal investigation. On Monday, she was charged with five new counts, including embezzling federal money, lying to federal investigators, and witness tampering. The Delta Democrat Times reports that she has pleaded not guilty.
Johnson will be on paid leave as a result of the board’s Tuesday vote.
The board also voted to put the authority’s property manager, Angela Brady, on paid administrative leave. After a lengthy executive session, Kelly Hardwick, attorney for SDRHA, stated that the decision to place Brady on leave was not because of her being named as a witness in the case.
The federal indictment charges that Jefferson professionally shut out Brady by not allowing her to gain entry to portions of the company’s computer system, and that Jefferson cursed and verbally abused Brady because Brady cooperated with the FBI.
An authority employee was put in place to fulfill the duties of executive director.
“Patricia Logan is to act as interim executive director during (Jefferson’s) leave,” Hardwick, said. “Also, we will be suspending the part of her contract with (Jefferson) that automatically renews her contract every two years.”
The South Delta Regional Housing Authority operates in Bolivar, Humphreys, Sunflower, Issaquena, Sharkey and Washington counties.