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Posted on Fri, Mar 15, 2013 : 5:58 a.m.

Ypsilanti Housing Commission executive director to receive $85K salary

By Katrease Stafford

The Ypsilanti Housing Commission's new executive director will receive an $85,000 salary, as he moves the commission toward financial solvency.


Zachary Fosler

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Zachary Fosler has a one-year contract, with an April 1 start date. According to the contract, his term can be extended for additional one-year periods by a majority of the comission's board at the conclusion of the director's annual performance evaluation.

Fosler will be tasked with serving as the commission's chief administrator and will be responsible for all of its affairs and business. Fosler will largely deal with ensuring the commission is in compliance with all city, state and federal housing rules and regulations.

Fosler is currently the executive director for the Gallia Metropolitan Housing Authority in Bidwell, Ohio.

Fosler's salary is $20,686 less than what former director Walter Norris received. Norris received a $105,686.88 annual salary and in a September 2011 sustainability report, HUD labeled Norris’s salary as “excessive.”

YHC Board President Deborah Strong previously told that the commission had less money to work with and Fosler's salary would be a discussed item.


Hamilton Crossing is one of several properties owned by the Ypsilanti Housing Commission.

Joseph Tobianski |

Fosler's contract states that changes in compensation may be made from time to time, only by resolution of the board.

Folsler's contract benefits:

  • Health, dental and optical insurance
  • "Five years of service credit" for vacation, sick and paid time off
  • 96 hours per year of sick time and 40 hours of personal time
  • The commission will provide one-time moving expenses of up to $2,600

Fosler will be an at-will employee and may be terminated at any time, with our without notice. Similar to the previous director's contract, Fosler is entitled to up to 90 days of payroll continuation after notice of termination.

Ypsilanti City Council Member Ricky Jefferson said he briefly met Fosler during the interview process and believes he has a proven track record, with a background in finance.

Jefferson said he agrees with the selection of Fosler and will support him as he moves the commission forward.

"The central goal is a full recovery of the Ypsilanti Housing Commission to the higher standards of a well-run public housing authority, with the capacity to serve the essential needs of it residents," Jefferson said.

Several financial and mismanagement issues were found within the commission by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. The issues led to the replacement of board members, and the transfer of the commission's entire Section 8 program to the Michigan State Housing Development Authority.

Katrease Stafford covers Ypsilanti for her at or 734-623-2548 and follow her on twitter.



Fri, Mar 15, 2013 : 5:36 p.m.

Maybe he can get rid of the huge abuse that exists with section 8 housing assistance.

Katrease Stafford

Fri, Mar 15, 2013 : 6:45 p.m.

The Ypsilanti Housing Commission no longer oversees the Section 8 program. HUD transferred the entire program to MSHDA.


Fri, Mar 15, 2013 : 4:50 p.m.

Credentials? Financial condition of Ohio's housing dept?

Katrease Stafford

Fri, Mar 15, 2013 : 5:04 p.m.

Hi Snapshot, Great questions. I shared some of that information in the past two articles I wrote. I'll post it here for you: At his current job, Fosler prepares and manages an annual agency budget of $1.5 million. During his time as director, Fosler closed a $150,000 annual budget gap and ended the following fiscal year with a $40,000 surplus. Fosler has been the director of that agency since 2009 and received his bachelor's degree from Northern Michigan University and his master's from Ohio University.

Jay Thomas

Fri, Mar 15, 2013 : 3:54 p.m.

When you add it all up "affordable" public housing is more expensive than the private rental market.


Fri, Mar 15, 2013 : 4:48 p.m.

You're right. It would be cheaper to just give folks a check direct that would cover market rents and eliminate all but a few "administrators".


Fri, Mar 15, 2013 : 12:46 p.m.

God I hope the township doesn't merge with the city


Fri, Mar 15, 2013 : 12:36 p.m.

Alright then.


Fri, Mar 15, 2013 : 11:08 a.m.

Best of luck, Mr. Fosler.