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Angela Rouson steps down as Pinellas County Housing Chair



LARGO-- The ongoing mayhem surrounding the Pinellas County Housing Authority got just a little more complicated.

Angela Rouson, chair of the authority's board of commissioners and frequent mediator between the feuding staff and board members, announced her resignation as chair this morning. Rouson, who plans to run for the City Council District 5 seat, said she will remain on the board.

Rouson is the wife of State Rep. Darryl Rouson, D-St. Petersburg.

The housing board has been roiled in controversy for months, swept up in a sea of accusations and bickering that is threatening the agency's ability to do its job, a St. Petersburg Times investigation recently found.

Allegations — which climb all the way to the agency's $220,500-a-year executive director — include charges of sexual harassment, open government law violations and the mishandling of federal government contracts.

(UPDATE 4:57 p.m.) Rouson filed to run for office today. She arrived at City Hall flanked by council member and mayoral hopeful Jamie Bennett and consultants Barry Edwards and Peter Schorsch. Schorsch and Edwards are managing both Bennett's and Rouson's campaigns.

Rouson will face off against social worker Steve Kornell, a former St. Petersburg recreation employee who began campaigning in January.

Cristina Silva, Times staff writer

[Last modified: Wednesday, May 26, 2010 11:49am]


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