Two months after being embarrassed by disclosures that the Chelsea Housing Authority executive director was receiving $360,000 in annual pay, the state agency that oversees hundreds of housing authorities statewide is imposing a salary cap that would allow pay no higher than $160,000.
The salary cap is the centerpiece of a package of steps to be carried out by the administration of Governor Deval Patrick following the resignation of Chelsea housing director Michael E. McLaughlin, who had deliberately concealed his salary, believed to be the highest of any public housing official in the nation.
“His salary was absolutely outrageous,’’ said Aaron Gornstein, the incoming undersecretary of the state housing and community development department. “It’s our job to make sure taxpayers’ dollars are spent wisely. That’s what this is about.’’
Besides the cap, the state Department of Housing and Community Development will name a commission next week charged with coming up with recommendations for other improvements in how the 242 local housing authorities statewide operate. A 60-day deadline has been set for those recommendations.
State officials also will seek to eliminate pay to members of the local boards of directors that govern housing authorities, said Gornstein.
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