by Ryan Felton
It is not just dollars and drugs that are at stake, but the safety, health and day to day living conditions of dozens of elderly, low income and disabled residents. These residents rely on the Commission to set the budget, oversee the administration, and protect their interests. Yet they are silenced by rules that punish those who speak up.
In addition to documented policies that expressly curb resident feedback, open Meetings Act violations public and resident involvement. Ignoring requests for public information makes outside accountability nearly impossible.
In the time since Wilson’s arrest the Commission’s website, www.ferndalehousing.com, went from a functioning source of information, to a scrubbed-clean landing page, to being disabled completely.
In spite of serious felony charges against a long-standing Director, the Commission has given no signs of further investigation into the administration, giving Wilson’s second in command, Emily Vickey, a scrutiny-free step into the top spot. The Commission also allowed Wilson to resign instead of firing her.