On the heels of news reports surrounding invoices for the proposed new convention center project, the Service Employees International Union Local 205 president sent a letter on Thursday calling for the resignation of Metro Development and Housing Agency Director Phil Ryan.
SEIU president Doug Collier said in the letter that the Union hopes “someone of authority will finally look at the power structure of MDHA and make necessary changes in order to restore the public trust.”
Collier’s letter goes on to state “…Phil Ryan should resign and any other responsible should be held accountable to facilitate a fresh start between MDHA, Metro Government and the citizens of Nashville.”
Collier pointed out that Ryan serves as executive director, secretary treasurer and recording secretary for MDHA. Collier claims that the MDHA board has not voted against Ryan once since he became director in 2003.
The letter goes on to make three other as-yet unsubstantiated allegations, including that MDHA workers were required to perform private favors for department managers; that MDHA overpaid for buffalo statues on Dickerson Road; and that there has been a lack of accountability for the hiring of a security firm “owned by a convicted felon that nearly resulted in the loss of a resident’s life.”
Ryan could not immediately be reached for comment.
The media spotlight has been shining on Ryan and MDHA since a story by NewsChannel5 showed the agency approved more than $450,000 in invoices for the communications contract for the proposed new convention center. The contract with the public relations firm McNeely, Pigott & Fox was originally for just $75,000.
Some Council members say the situation shows poor contract management and Dean has made a move to take oversight of the $635 million project away from MDHA.
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