Lipscomb Suspension Tops MHA Agenda


The suspension of Robert Lipscomb as director of the Memphis Housing Authority is that body’s first order business at a meeting tomorrow.

The board will vote to suspend Lipscomb and vote to appoint a temporary replacement of him. In fact, most of the board’s business tomorrow seems to focus on transitioning Lipscomb out of MHA’s business operations.

Late Sunday evening, Lipscomb was suspended from his job as the director of the Memphis office of Housing and Community Development after a criminal complaint alleged he had sexual contact with a minor 10 years ago. Lipscomb resigned his post at HCD on Monday evening.

More accusers stepped forward Tuesday while Lipscomb maintained his innocence in press interviews. Lipscomb also resigned his post on the board of Lemoyne-Owen College on Tuesday afternoon.

Lipscomb’s MHA position is paid for by the federal government and its board alone has the authority to suspend him.

MHA board members will also vote to change the signatory for all of its bank accounts, and update permitted personnel for its wire transfers and investment accounts.

Also, the MHA will vote on whether or not they should allow the city of Memphis to conduct a full financial audit of its books.

Keep the Flyer Free!

Always independent, always free (never a paywall),
the Memphis Flyer is your source for the best in local news and information.

Now we want to expand and enhance our work.
That's why we're asking you to join us as a Frequent Flyer member.

You'll get membership perks (find out more about those here) and help us continue to deliver the independent journalism you've come to expect.

Add a comment