Caster Binion, who has served the Pittsburgh Housing Authority since 2006 as its chief operating officer, was named its new executive director after a vote of the agency's board today.
"We did a national search with a nationally known search firm," said authority board Chairman Ricky Burgess, who is also a city councilman. Around 60 candidates responded, and four were interviewed, including three from outside of the agency, he said.
"Caster has been part of the team and running the day-to-day operations of the housing authority for several years," Mr. Burgess said. "I think the board believed that our strategic plan could be fulfilled under his leadership."
Mr. Binion, 59, is a former paratrooper, said Mr. Burgess. He has been in public housing for around 20 years, including a stint as deputy executive director of Kansas City's agency.
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