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Housing chief’s removal sought

Medford officials cite hiring of man with criminal past

The entire Medford Housing Authority board, as well as the city’s mayor, called on housing chief Robert Covelle to resign Wednesday as new information emerged in a scandal that has engulfed the agency for weeks following reports of favoritism in hiring and contracting.

“I strongly believe that it is in the best interest of the Medford Housing Authority and the citizens of Medford that you resign,’’ Mayor Michael J. McGlynn, who appoints a majority of the board and has been one of Covelle’s leading backers, wrote in a letter to the embattled housing chief. “To do anything less could be detrimental in the relationship between [the housing authority] and the state and federal government.’’

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