December 14, 2010 | 10:36am
"And it isn't even only that Lingner has wasted tax dollars on perks for himself. (A New Times review of housing authority credit card statements shows that, even as government agencies across the country tighten their belts, Lingner has treated himself to lunches, valet parking, and travel to Las Vegas.)
"It's all of the above."
Lingner resigned a few months after Fenske's first story, though he left kicking, screaming, and unrepentant.
His reign was a disaster, a fact that became ever clearer yesterday when the county Board of Supervisors took over control of the troubled county agency in the aftermath of findings by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) of serious mismanagement.
The agency's mission is to provide affordable housing for poor folks. HAMC's about 50 employees manage nine low-income apartment complexes around the Valley and perform many other tasks.
Its annual budget certainly isn't rinky-dink: about $20 million, plus millions more in federal stimulus money added earlier this year.
From HUD's report of its findings: "The review has revealed a history of unsatisfactory performance in financial, procurement, governance, and personnel areas."
That's a bureaucratic way of concurring with just about everything Fenske published nearly a year ago -- the overt nepotism, frivolous spending in a time of terrible economic crisis, ridiculously unprofessional operational practices, and more.
The words arrogance and stupidity immediately come to mind -- and we're thinking of Doug Lingner at the moment.
is today's Arizona Republic
story on the goings-on written by reporter Yvonne Wingett.
As for Sarah Fenske, she is now managing editor of one of our sister papers, the Riverfront Times in St. Louis, where she no doubt is wreaking havoc.