Housing director resigns
Maureen Dobson, director of the Aspen-Pitkin County Housing Authority since July 2002, has resigned effective Oct. 14.Dobson and her partner, Ola Lau, will return to the Boulder area, where they lived before moving to Aspen. She could not be reached for comment Monday afternoon. Dobson replaced Mary Roberts in the post. She was hired during a time of turmoil at the housing office, when the city and county were trying to determine the best bureaucratic structure to meet the needs of Aspen’s growing and increasingly expatriated work force.Just prior to Dobson’s arrival, the current Housing Master Plan was completed. Among the outgrowths of that planning process was a decision to severe all planning and development functions from the authority’s jurisdiction, placing it under the direction of city asset manager Ed Sadler.That left the housing authority solely dedicated to overseeing the management of the joint city/county pool of affordable housing units. Dobson’s work with the housing board and staff included the development of bureaucratic structures and services for such things as checking the qualifications of applicants for authority-controlled units, monitoring the inventory for compliance with the housing regulations, and handling the sales of deed-restricted properties.She also worked with the housing staff and board on the formulation of housing policies and land-use reviews for new projects.”Maureen has worked diligently to enhance customer service and streamline processes with the department,” County Manager Hilary Smith said in press release issued yesterday. “These efforts have certainly benefited the organization and the community.”
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