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TCHC Board Fires CEO Gene Jones

In the wake of a scathing report from the ombudsman, the CEO has been shown the door.

Photo by Vik Pahwa, from the Torontoist Flickr pool.

At a special meeting convened today, the Toronto Community Housing Corporation’s board decided to dismiss CEO Gene Jones. Jones, who’s occupied the position since June 2012, has been embroiled in a scandal caused by the damning findings of a report from Toronto’s ombusdman, Fiona Crean. The report detailed multiple violations of the organization’s human resources policies and practices and described a workplace marked by a “climate of fear” and hobbled by “an abject failure of leadership.”

“After much deliberation,” said Bud Purves, the board’s chair, “the Board and Gene have mutually decided that a change in leadership will best position Toronto Community Housing to move forward in implementing its strategic plan. Today will be Gene’s last day as President and Chief Executive Officer. On behalf of the Board, I would like to thank Gene for his contributions to Toronto Community Housing, our residents and to the City of Toronto.”

The terms of Jones’s contract mean that he will be receiving a severance payment.

Greg Spearn, TCHC’s vice-president and chief development officer, will act as interim CEO while the board conducts a search for a new chief executive.