While she was still a city councilmember, former City Councilmember Michelle Kennedy was deemed by the city to be the most qualified applicant for the position of director of the Department of Neighborhood Development.

Currently, Kennedy is executive director of the Interactive Resource Center (IRC), which provides services for homeless people weekdays from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. The IRC is not a night shelter, meaning it does not house people.

According to the City of Greensboro press release, “Kennedy surpassed a pool of candidates selected from a national search and extensive interview process conducted by an executive recruitment firm.”

Because of privacy laws regarding personnel, information about the other applicants for the job is difficult to obtain.

However, the qualifications and experience of the former director of the Neighborhood Development Department, Stan Wilson, who was hired in 2017, are known and vary a great deal from those of Kennedy. 

Wilson was the executive director of the Greenville County Redevelopment Authority, Greenville, South Carolina, from 2015 until coming to Greensboro in 2017.  From 2011 to 2015, Wilson was the executive director of the Salisbury-Rowan Community Action Agency.  Prior to that Wilson served as the housing director for the City of Charlotte from 1998-2010.

Wilson is also a Certified Public Housing Manager (C-PHM).

So, Wilson had been directing municipal and county housing agencies for 19 years before being selected for the position of Greensboro Neighborhood Development Department director.

There is no indication in the city press release that Kennedy has ever directed a government housing agency. The press release states, “Her experience includes assisting countless individuals with securing housing and providing crisis management during Covid-19 by securing immediate housing for the homeless community.”

Another plus for Kennedy according to the press release is that she “advocated for safe and affordable housing with the Greensboro Housing Coalition.”

According to the Greensboro Neighborhood Development Department web page, the department focuses on two major service areas.

“Housing Services – Provides programs for the creation of new affordable housing units and preserves the quality of the City’s existing housing stock through grants and loans for housing rehabilitation.

“Code Compliance – Enforces the City’s code ordinances to improve the appearance of the community and maintain standards for a lower crime rate and higher quality of life.”

Kennedy, however, does have one qualification that Wilson did not. Kennedy was a member of the Greensboro City Council when she applied for and was conditionally awarded the job.