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story.lead_photo.caption Chris Garrett

Members of the Fulton Housing Authority Board of Commissioners voted to terminate the employment of FHA Executive Director Chris Garrett last week.

Harold Siebert made the motion to terminate Garrett, according to newly released minutes from the Sept. 21 executive session during which the decision was made. The vote was unanimous.

Board President Tim Wilkerson did not respond to a request for comment Friday.

Longtime FHA maintenance technician Thomas Branch is serving as interim director after being appointed to the role in early September.

“There are a lot of things going on, but we still have tenants to take care of,” Branch said shortly after his appointment. “I’ll try to form a plan and see where I can help out.”

Wilkerson previously said if Garrett were to be terminated, the board would seek applications for a new executive director.

Several former residents of the Fulton Housing Authority have alleged while Garrett was executive director, the agency used unusual, unfair and illegal eviction practices including locking tenants out of their units. One former tenant, Mark Howard, brought a lawsuit against the FHA over an alleged self-help eviction in July.

Garrett was put on paid administrative leave Aug. 28 while the FHA board conducted an internal investigation into the complaints brought forth by three tenants and alleged in the lawsuit, Wilkerson said.

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