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County housing authority chief, a Foster supporter, quits St. Petersburg housing department



ST. PETERSBURG -- Joe Triolo, the chairman of the Pinellas County Housing Authority, has resigned from his job as rehabilitation officer for St. Petersburg.

Triolo, 53, hosted a fund raiser for Mayor Bill Foster last year, and is active in local GOP circles. Gov. Charlie Crist appointed Triolo to the Housing Authority in 2009. Crist also appointed Triolo to the Judicial Nominating Commission 6th Circuit.

He made $45,000 in his job with the city, which he joined in 2004 after a stint as construction superintendent for DRM Properties. Triolo helped administer several housing grant programs that helped renovate homes for people with limited income. Triolo said he accepted a job with Progress Energy that pays him considerably more money.

"I left because it was a very good offer," Triolo said.

It's the second departure in a month from the city's Housing and Community Development department. Last month, Triolo's supervisor, Tom de Yampert, announced his resignation after 14 years as the manager of the department.

Triolo said there was no relationship between his exit and de Yampert's.

-- Michael Van Sickler, Times staff writer

[Last modified: Thursday, December 2, 2010 1:43pm]


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