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No shock for Day in JHA audit

Mayor said she expected authority would be cleared

Joy Day

Joy Day

— Mayor Joy Day always believed the Jonesboro Housing Authority did nothing wrong.

Jonesboro’s top elected official said she was left dumbfounded in September, when news emerged that the Clayton County Board of Commissioners was having the city housing group audited over allegations of mismanagement and misuse of funds. Members of the Jonesboro Housing Authority board are appointed by the City Council on Day’s recommendation.

The mayor said no one brought concerns to her attention before the audit was ordered.

Meanwhile, the audit findings emerged this week and they show auditors cleared the authority of any wrongdoing. They also pointed a finger of blame at a county consultant hired to handle Community Development Block Grant funds.

“It really was a total surprise when they decided to do the audit and I felt it would probably turn out the way it did,” Day said. “I would have been shocked if it had said otherwise.”

Day said the city is glad to hear the authority was vindicated in the audit, adding “the ball is in the court” of whoever accused the group of mismanaging a public housing apartment complex behind the Historic Clayton County Courthouse.

“If they still have a problem, then they need to come out and explain what [their concerns] are,” Day said.

County documents provided to commissioners last fall indicate the complaints may have originated in Clayton County’s HUD office.

Day said she has not yet heard from any members of the City Council about the findings. She added she will likely make copies of the audit for each councilmember, or make a copy available for them to read at Jonesboro City Hall.