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Cauthen introduces new housing administrator

At a news conference this afternoon, City Manager Wayne A. Cauthen introduced Stacia L. Johnson as the City’s new housing administrator.

“I am excited to come to Kansas City because there is a lot of development in the city at this time and with the city manager, mayor, city council, and the community providing strong support for housing revitalization and development, it is a great time to be here,” Johnson said. “I am excited about being in on the ground level of this development, and in building the City’s legacy in this area. It is also a wonderful opportunity for me personally and professionally.”

Johnson was selected from 156 applicants and seven semi-finalists for this newly created position which reports to the city manager. Johnson will have full executive responsibility for all of the City’s housing programs.

“With Stacia Johnson leading the City in the implementation of the new housing policy, we can look forward to increased citizen involvement in the development of program goals, and the development of stronger relationships with the business community – which is the kind of leadership required in this position,” Cauthen said.

Johnson has been with the City of Dallas Housing Department since 1999. She has been the housing development manager since 2003. In this position, Johnson’s responsibilities include: putting together complex development packages and acquisition proposals with developers, private investors and financial underwriters to facilitate development of housing units in compliance with federal, state and local regulations and policies; managing a budget of $8 million in the execution of housing programs that include single- and multiple-housing development, and first time homeownership and leverage loan programs; executing and evaluating the efficiency of the development programs; and establishing goals, objectives, policies.

Prior to serving as housing development manager, Johnson served as the housing rehabilitation manager for the City of Dallas from 1999 to 2003. Her work history also includes the following positions: neighborhood revitalization and preservation manager, City of Plano, Texas (1988-1999); client services representative, TCF Bank, Houston (1986-1988); and project inspector, Office of Planning and Development, Housing Authority of the City of Houston (1982-1985). Highlights of Johnson’s extensive career include:

    Developing and implementing the Neighborhood Revitalization and Development Program for the City of Plano.

    Developing and implementing problem solving models for the cities of Dallas and Plano to increase and develop partnerships, collaborative work and resource efforts for program delivery.

    Researching, developing, recommending and implementing various partnerships to effectively accomplish the City of Plano’s goals of community development and economic viability.

    Assisting in the implementation of an integrated database management system for the City of Dallas.

    Developing program funding monitoring systems for the cities of Dallas and Plano to ensure appropriate expenditures occur.

    Developing internal audit controls, checks and balance procedures for the cities of Dallas and Plano.

    Implementing the City of Dallas’s first general obligation bond program for single-family ownership development to leverage the City’s first-time homebuyer initiative.

Johnson has a bachelor’s degree from Southern University in Baton Rouge, La. She is certified in code administration, management policies, local government finance, conflict resolution and financial management.

Johnson will begin her duties as the City’s new housing administrator by Feb. 28.

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