Philadelphia Housing Authority board chairman John Street says additional allegations of sexual harassment against director Carl Greene are, in his view, credible.
KYW’s Mike Dunn reports that Street’s comments came after the a PHA board meeting late Thursday focusing on the Greene controversy.
Street said so far at least three women, current and former PHA employees, have come forward with additional tales of alleged sexual misconduct by Greene. That’s in addition to the four cases that led to formal complaints.
The former mayor said these women have come to him privately and are not seeking damages, so he finds them credible:
“I do. Not any of them that they I know of are trying to sue PHA, they’re not trying to get money. These are people who are concerned about the workplace. And many of them are outraged at the kind of conduct to which they have been exposed, many of them have been exposed, at PHA.”
Street said the PHA board plans to hire an attorney to defend it now that Carl Greene is suing the board, and another attorney to represent the board in other matters. He said finding attorneys who don’t already do business with PHA is not easy.
The PHA board at Thursday’s meeting made no formal decision on Greene’s tenure. Street said they will meet again in two seeks, and at that point they to hope to have made progress on their investigation.
The board at the next meeting will also interview candidates to run PHA on an interim basis while a final decision on Greene’s fate is made, Street said.
Greene’s attorney, Clifford Haines, attended the PHA board meeting but did not address board members. He later told reporters that the board has essentially made the decision to fire Greene, and that he’s heard that Greene’s office has been cleaned out. Street said to his knowledge no material has been removed from Greene’s office.
Haines earlier this week filed a lawsuit against the PHA board on behalf of Greene, seeking unspecified damages.
(photo by KYW’s Mike DeNardo)