RHA narrows list of director candidates

ROCHESTER — The Rochester Housing Authority named seven people as candidates to replace former executive director Alex Castro.

Castro, who was named senior vice president of operations at PathStone Corp. March 27, was fired from his RHA position last October and received a settlement from the housing authority earlier this year.

RHA’s law firm, Harris Beach, released a statement March 31 with a list of seven candidates the organization is considering for the director position. Out of a total of 73 applications, 13 people were selected for interviews. Following that process, five candidates were eliminated from consideration.

City Councilman Adam McFadden, who served as interim director after Castro’s dismissal, was one of the five no longer in the running, according to the statement. Considering him as director would pose a potential conflict of interest, according to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development officials from whom RHA sought guidance. The authority receives HUD funding.

The top three candidates will speak at an invitation-only forum later this month with a decision to soon follow. For more information, visit rochesterhousing.org.

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