BREAKING: Baltimore won’t seek reappointment to Lansing Housing Commission

UPDATE: This post has been updated to include a comment from Mayor Andy Schor’s spokeswoman. 

Tony Baltimore, the chair of the Lansing Housing Commission, confirmed today in a phone interview that he is not seeking to be reappointed to the board. His term expired June 30, 2017.

“I have served on this board for ten years,” he said. “It has always been my intention to step down when a qualified replacement had been found. I had intended to step down before the executive director resigned, and I felt the need to see the organization through the transition.”

The confirmation came during a phone interview about a pending resolution at City Council which would result in a no confidence statement in the current board. Baltimore hotly denied the allegations that the Commission had failed to communicate and be transparent with the Council.

Council President Carol Wood said Baltimore’s move “doesn’t change the fact he has been in leadership for some years now, and all these problems exist.”

“Tony Baltimore is serving in an expired term on the LHC,” wrote Valerie Marchand, spokeswoman for Mayor Andy Schor, in an email to Lansing’s Online News. “We are looking at all expired terms for boards and commissions. As we have qualified people to serve in those seats, we will make appointments. This seat is no different, and we will appoint to this position when we have someone that fits the position and can be an active participant on the Lansing Housing Commission Board.”

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