TAMPA — The top officer in Hillsborough County's lead agency on homelessness is resigning after a decade on the job.
Rayme L. Nuckles, chief executive officer of the Homeless Coalition of Hillsborough County, has sent copies of his April 19 resignation letter to the board of directors. The letter says he plans to work until July 31.
He wrote in an email to directors and others that he is moving to Portland, Ore., for personal reasons.
"I'm taking a leap of faith and doing what my heart has said to do for several years!'' Nuckles wrote. "While I do not have a position secured at this time, I'm confident my new life will be rewarding and my expertise will be used in ways that I have never imagined."
As CEO of the Homeless Coalition, he earns a total compensation package of $109,000, according to the most recent available federal tax records.
In his resignation letter, he cited what he said were several accomplishments. They include implementing a 10-year plan to end homelessness; reducing street homelessness by nearly 4.5 percent and unsheltered family homelessness by nearly 13 percent in 2011.
The Homeless Coalition has eight full-time staff members and a nearly $5 million budget. It receives money from the county, state and federal government.
In an interview, Nuckles said he was proud of other accomplishments as well, including the creation of a recuperative care center where homeless people just discharged from hospitals can go.
"I think there's definitely been some leadership changes over the last couple of years, and the area is looking at homelessness more comprehensively than they ever have and I fully believe the community will continue to pull together and reduce homelessness," he said.
Board president Candy Olson, a Hillsborough County School Board member, said in an email to other board members that she'd provide an update on the search for Nuckles' replacement at a May 3 meeting.
"There is no doubt that Rayme has been instrumental in this community surrounding homeless issues," Olson wrote.
Jodie Tillman can be reached at [email protected] or (813) 226-3374.