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RRHA board leadership turnover may be in the works

Jeremy M. Lazarus | 4/1/2021, 6 p.m.
Veronica G. Blount appears to be on her way out as the chair of the RRHA Board of Commissioners, the ...
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Veronica G. Blount appears to be on her way out as the chair of the RRHA Board of Commissioners, the Free Press has learned.

The nine-member board announced a special closed-door meeting for Tuesday to discuss a leadership shakeup. Without posting a public notice, the board shifted the meeting to Wednesday evening.

Ms. Blount has served five years on the board, including a previous stint as chair. After Richmond City Council reappointed her last year to a second term, Ms. Blount also won election to a four-year term as chair that is to expire in 2024.

The dynamics of the board, though, have changed with the appointment of five new commissioners in the past six months and the majority of members now believe new board leadership is warranted, the Free Press was told.

Under the board’s rules, if Ms. Blount steps down or is removed as chair, the current vice chair, Neil S. Kessler, would take over as chairman.