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Despite Florida job offer, AHA director plans to stay

Keith Gregory

Keith Gregory

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Updated: February 25, 2014 6:35AM

AURORA — Despite reports he may have been seeking a new job, the head of the Aurora Housing Authority is not leaving anytime soon.

Although he was recently considered for a Housing Authority job in Florida, AHA Executive Director Keith Gregory said late Thursday he is in “for the long haul” and plans to keep his job in Aurora.

According to a Gainesville Sun article published Jan. 10, Gregory was one of two finalists being considered for the Alachua County Housing Authority’s top post. The Alachua County Housing Authority is located in Gainesville, Fla.

A “headhunter” applied for the job on Gregory’s behalf, and he was offered the Florida position on Monday, according to Gregory.

“I’m not taking the job,” he said. “I have an excellent job here and I’m very into the work that I’m here doing in Aurora.”

Gregory, 33, said he would consider working for the Alachua County Housing Authority as a consultant in addition to his work at the Aurora Housing Authority. The AHA Board would have to approve that arrangement, though.

“It’s not unheard of in the business, but in this case, the distance would make it a little unusual,” Gregory said.

Gregory joined the AHA in October 2012. When he was hired, Gregory was the fourth executive director to lead the agency in a five-year period.

Gregory’s three-year contract with the AHA expires in 2015. He said that he would love to be working for the Housing Authority for the next 13 years until his son graduates high school.

Aurora is the fifth housing authority Gregory has worked at, he said. Prior to joining the AHA, Gregory served as finance director for the Housing Authority of Fulton County in Atlanta, Ga.

“I would like to be around for the long haul,” Gregory said. “The work that we’re engaging in is one-of-a-kind in the industry. I’m really excited about what we get to do here and what I get to be involved in.”

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