Ivory Mathews, who has served as CEO of the Columbia Housing Authority for the past 2.5 years, resigned from the position on Wednesday, according to a news release from the Housing Authority’s Board of Commissioners.
“On behalf of the entire Board, we thank Ms. Mathews for her service,” it stated.
The board did not give a reason for her resignation, and Mathews could not be immediately reached for comment.
Mathews arrived at a tumultuous time for the housing authority. She was hired to replace former CEO Gilbert Walker, who retired months after two residents at the Allen Benedict Court housing complex died of carbon monoxide poisoning in January 2019.
Mathews was tasked with overhauling the agency and reestablishing trust among its residents. Under her leadership, the housing authority laid out a ten-year plan to redevelop nearly all its properties, including Allen Benedict Court and Gonzales Gardens.
Former Chief Operating Officer Yvonda Bean will take over for Mathews on an interim basis, according to the Board of Commissioners.
“We believe that under her leadership, the senior team will continue our level of service to our residents and stakeholders during this period,” the board said.