The York Housing Authority, which manages affordable-housing complexes throughout the county, has parted ways with its leader.

As of late August, Richard Fox is no longer the agency's executive director.

The authority's board of commissioners decided not to renew Fox's contract, said Craig Zumbrun, who's been the agency's deputy director for six years and is taking over as interim executive director.

"There was an expectation that it was subject to review and renewal or expiration," Zumbrun said. "I feel that it's very difficult to really go much further than that except to say that the board had a meeting and determined that position he had was not one they were willing to extend the contract further on."

Fox had served as the authority's executive director for at least the past year.

The authority announced the leadership change in a news release Thursday.

"Whenever you have leadership shifts, you have a little bit of organizational settlement to occur and priorities that shift from one person's vision to another person's vision," Zumbrun said.

"I'm very pleased to say that we are on track on all of the initiatives that we've been working on for the last couple of years."

Zumbrun, 62, said he's hoping the board will soon make his new role permanent.

Among his priorities is a project to improve energy efficiency at authority properties.

"That's something that we're moving on full speed ahead," Zumbrun said.


Zumbrun said he'd also like to fill vacant positions and explore possibilities of restructuring the organization.

And, he'd like to build on the success of the soon-to-be-completed Homes at Thackston Park project in York City to "see whether we can take that momentum and prepare ourselves for the next round of applications and do some more development."