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The Boston Globe


November 21, 2011

SJC justice approves takeover in Chelsea

Receiver to run housing authority

A single justice of the Supreme Judicial Court approved yesterday the state’s request to take over the troubled Chelsea Housing Authority, an agency engulfed in controversy and criminal investigations since its executive director resigned amid an uproar over his $360,000-a-year compensation.

Governor Deval Patrick took the rare step of requesting a court-appointed receiver to oversee the housing authority after director Michael E. McLaughlin and the five-member board of directors quit, leaving the authority virtually leaderless as the FBI and other agencies investigate alleged misuse of government funds.

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