By PETE BANDA
During the first week of May, the San Benito Housing Authority fired then Executive Director Tony Hasbargen “without cause.” The decision came a little more than a year after initially hiring the Illinois native to a multi-year contract.
Just one month later, on June 13, the housing authority offered Roman Palomares, a native of the Dallas-Fort Worth area, a contract “not to exceed 90 days” to serve as the Interim Director. The noteworthy part of the contract is that Palomares was to be paid a whopping $9,600 per month for his services. While the salary for Hasbargen was not available as of press time, the website Salary.com lists the median annual Housing Director salary as $68,400, or $5,700 a month. It should be noted however, that the contract offered to Palomares did not include any kind of medical benefits.
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