Michael E. McLaughlin’s hand-picked successor to be chief of the Chelsea Housing Authority filed a lawsuit against the agency on Thursday, complaining that he is a victim of a “campaign of verbal harassment” from new board members who want to reduce his pay. Albert R. Ewing, who became executive director when McLaughlin quit amid an uproar over McLaughlin’s $360,000 salary, immediately signed a five-year contract paying him $135,000 a year -- a $40,000 raise for him -- and providing a car.
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