By JACOB LOPEZ
Arnold Padilla confirmed Friday that, after nearly 10 years with the San Benito Public Housing Authority, he will resign from his executive director position effective Oct. 31.
Citing a new opportunity, Padilla said, “I submitted my 30-day notice of resignation from the Housing Authority.”
For now, Padilla said it’s most likely that given his 30-day notice, the Housing Authority will select an interim for the period between his departure and when the new director is hired.
Concerning the process for finding a replacement, Padilla said, “Normally, most procedures for housing authorities are that they’ll post an advertisement.”
Normally, finding a new executive director is a process that takes six to eight weeks, and as much as 12 weeks.
The board will first set criteria for the type or person they are looking for based on qualifications and experience.
“There’s never been a committee … but usually the board itself does the interviews and the evaluations,” he explained, adding, “that’s usually the … process.”
Padilla says he has been happy throughout his 10-year tenure at the SBHA, noting that he is surrounded by an “excellent staff” with “excellent people” who’ve done “a terrific job.”
“It was a difficult decision; one that I pondered for a few weeks,” said Padilla, who also serves as the president for the San Benito CISD Board of Trustees.
He says that while there are some emotions that come with his departure, there is excitement as he looks forward to his next endeavor, which he did not confirm as of press time Friday.
It was in 2005 when Padilla left his elected position as a San Benito City Commissioner to replace Abel Morales as the SBHA executive director.
“I feel comfortable that this housing authority will continue to do well,” he said.
Padilla also mentioned notable accolades while serving for SBHA, in which he also expressed appreciation for the opportunity to serve as its executive director.
“We’ve been rated a high-performance agency with HUD (U.S. Housing and Urban Development),” Padilla said, noting further that the housing authority has also been awarded “a high financial rating.”
“Career-wise, this is the appropriate depiction for me at this time,” he added.
Concerning his new position, Padilla asserted, “It is something I’d like to keep private, all I can say is that it is something that is good for me — good for my family … It’s in the same arena of what I do now, but we’ll leave it at that.”