Hours after the FBI raided the West Haven Housing Authority on Tuesday morning, the mayor is asking for voluntary resignations from all commissioners of the housing authority.
"While I do not know why today's action was initiated, separate and apart from that, I can say we have been in direct communication with (the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development) since December. HUD has been conducting an ongoing financial investigation and we received HUD's Financial Assessment report in June," Mayor John Picard said in a statement on Tuesday. You can read the full statement here.
When the report was issued, Picard met with the commissioners and executive director about the report.
"The Executive Director has announced his plan to retire at the end of summer. I am now requesting the voluntary resignations from all Commissioners so that we can move forward with a goal of greater oversight, management and accountability at the Housing Authority," Picard wrote.
The Associated Press reported that FBI agents took boxes and filing cabinets out of the offices on Tuesday.
The FBI does not comment on ongoing investigations and it was not immediately clear who or what the targets of the raid are.
In June, the city received a copy of a HUD Financial Assessment report that looked into financial practices at the West Haven Housing Authority.
"WHHA's viability is at risk due to the agency's poor financial condition, which is the result of a lack of internal controls over spending and a series of unsound management decisions," according to the report.
The report details numerous problems including: