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Pinellas housing authority to former chief: No keys for you

Former Pinellas County Housing Authority chief Darrell Irions has left the building, and he's not getting back in -- at least not without permission.

At the end of a six-hour meeting today, the board decided to make sure Irions -- still chief executive of the St. Petersburg Housing Authority -- can't use the standard-issue ID pass card to open locked doors at the county office in Largo, where city and county officials share offices. Irions also won't be able to access the county authority's computer system. He stopped working there at the end of April, though officials said he attended a meeting at the Largo office Tuesday.

Irions quit the county agency last month after an attempt to fire him failed. Board member Thomas Minkoff had blasted Irions during months of struggling for power.

Minkoff, the new board chairman, also told staffers today to make sure Irions' old office is locked. The city authority still has staffers at the Largo office as the agencies begin to split.

"I just don't want to be six months (later) and gee whiz, why didn't we do this?" said Minkoff, calling the situation "a security risk."

Said interim authority attorney Ricardo Gilmore: "It benefits all the housing authorities because it takes away a layer of distrust or suspicion."

David DeCamp, Times staff writer


[Last modified: Wednesday, May 26, 2010 11:52am]


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