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Information, please Housing administrator fires back
Sims alleges
retaliation
By Jack Heffernan
The Daily Astorian
R.J. MARX
It’s been a busy summer in Cannon Beach. Chris Olson,
Val Nordquist and Laura Kaim take a break between vis-
itors at the Visitor Center.
NEWS IN BRIEF
Candidate forum
to submit questions
candidates.
in Cannon Beach
The Cannon Beach Ga-
zette and Daily Astorian
present a candidate forum
at the Coaster Theatre on
Thursday, Oct. 4, at 7 p.m.
The event will introduce
City Council candidates
Mike Benefield, Robin Ris-
ley and Greg Swedenborg,
who are vying for two open
seats. Mayor Sam Steidel,
who is running unopposed,
will be featured.
Anticipated topics in-
clude affordable housing
solutions, parking, traffic
safety and emergency pre-
paredness, among others.
The event is free and open to
all. Attendees will be invited
to the
Gazette editor R.J. Marx
will serve as moderator.
The theater is located at 108
North Hemlock. For further
information, contact 503-
738-5561.
Arts Council needs
volunteers
Applications are being
sought for three openings on
the Arts Council of Clatsop
County.
Applications are avail-
able online at www.co.clat-
sop.or.us, at the Clatsop
County Manager’s Office at
800 Exchange St., Suite 410,
Astoria or by calling 503-
325-1000.
A top Northwest Oregon
Housing Authority administra-
tor who is on paid leave pend-
ing the results of an investiga-
tion has lodged a complaint
against the agency with the
state Bureau of Labor and In-
dustries.
The complaint, filed by dep-
uty director Teresa Sims, claims
Todd Johnston, the executive
director, retaliated against her
for complaints about his job
performance.
Her allegations reveal de-
tails about ongoing investiga-
tions at the housing authority
that had been shielded from
public view.
The housing authority man-
ages low-income housing in
Clatsop, Tillamook and Co-
lumbia counties and provides
rental assistance. Since Sims
was appointed deputy director
in 2011, she has supervised the
federal housing choice voucher
program staff and overseen hu-
man resources.
In May, Sims sent a letter
to Scott Lee, the chairman of
the housing agency’s board,
complaining about Johnston.
The letter claimed that during
his tenure as executive direc-
tor, Johnston has mismanaged
public funds, misused grant
funds, engaged in negligent
COLIN MURPHEY/THE DAILY ASTORIAN
Discord between top administrators at the Northwest Oregon Housing Authority has led
to investigations and a complaint to the state Bureau of Labor and Industries.
hiring practices and failed to
conduct employee performance
reviews.
The housing authority hired
an outside firm to investigate
Johnston.
Sims was placed on leave
around the same time as the ac-
cusations against Johnston sur-
faced. A different outside firm
began investigating wheth-
er Sims, in her role with the
agency, had falsified records to
allow her son and fellow em-
ployee, Benjamin Natividad,
to receive public housing assis-
tance when he was renting from
his uncle.
Sims’ compliant to the Bu-
reau of Labor and Industries
claims Johnston was misrep-
resenting federal regulations
to “retaliate against me and to
undermine my credibility in re-
spect to the concerns I reported
to the Board of Directors.”
Johnston
specifically
claimed Sims falsified an in-
come verification form on be-
half of her son, according to
Sims’ account. Sims claims that
both her and her son’s signa-
tures on the form were forged.
“The handwriting appeared
to be Johnston’s and I believe he
forged this document to retaliate
against me,” the complaint al-
leges. “The investigator showed
me a copy of the income verifi-
cation form. I would never sign
anything in respect to verifying
Natividad’s income for Section
8 purposes.”
Johnston could not immedi-
ately be reached for comment.
The complaint names the
housing authority, Johnston,
Lee and LinMarie DiCianni,
who resigned from the agen-
cy’s board in July following
what she called a harassing
email exchange with Sims. The
complaint alleges Lee failed
to offer the entire scope of the
investigations and that DiCian-
ni mischaracterized the email
exchange in comments to the
news media.
“Why would I have retali-
ated against her while she was
already on leave?” Lee said.
“These claims are baseless and
mean nothing to me.”
The housing authority’s in-
vestigations, which have taken
weeks longer than expected,
could be completed soon. “I ex-
pect to give a report by the end
of next week,” Lee said.
girl was part of a group reprimanded
for having tents on the beach; her
father was contacted; he told police
he was releasing her to the custody
of her male companions rather than
coming to get her. All subjects were
advised to pack up and return home
to Hood River.
Clatsop County Sheriff’s Department
arrested the male; the female was
arrested on a warrant.
CANNON BEACH POLICE LOG
Aug. 9
he would not let that happen again.
Aug. 12
ing are reported.
Ten incidents of overnight camp-
ing are reported.
Aug. 11
Seven incidents of overnight
camping are reported.
Aug. 10
Three incidents of overnight camp-
ing are reported.
Aug. 13
1:28 p.m., Braillier Street: A verbal
dispute among adult siblings over
the care of their elderly mother is
resolved when all parties agree to
separate and leave each other alone.
Two incidents of overnight camp-
ing are reported
1:05 p.m., Second Street parking
lot: Police respond to a report of a
dog locked in a vehicle with no ven-
tilation. The temperature was 98.7
degrees. The owner was contacted
by phone; he arrived to get the dog
out of the vehicle. The dog was fine
and was given water. The owner said
9:46 p.m., 400 block Fir Street: A ju-
venile female is reported picking up
bunnies and continued to do so after
being warned by hotel management.
Witness’s and the parents of the chil-
dren were told the rabbits must be
left alone. The group was asked to
leave the property in the morning
or be charged with trespass.
Eleven incidents of overnight
camping are reported.
12:14 p.m., Les Shirley Park: A tran-
sient male reported as suspicious told
police another man has his dog and
his truck in Seaside. He declined help
locating them.
Aug. 14
Two incidents of overnight camp-
Aug. 15
Eight incidents of overnight camp-
ing are reported.
12:32 a.m., Hug Point: An intoxicat-
ed male argued with a woman who
ultimately agreed to drive him home.
8:50 a.m., Breakers Point: A runaway
Aug. 16
Six incidents of overnight camping
are reported.
1:12 p.m., Nordmark Drive: Police
respond to a report of a male chas-
ing a female with a metal pole. The
Aug. 17
9:14 p.m., W. Gower: Police respond
to a report of a fight at a wedding.
One party left and went to a motel
in Seaside. No one was assaulted.
Aug. 18
2:10 a.m., N. Holladay Drive: Police
assist Seaside police with a reported
disturbance that turned out to be a
game party.
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W KENAI OCEANVIEW LOT
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