Raleigh Housing Authority ends comp time for director
Posted January 28, 2014
Raleigh, N.C. — The Raleigh Housing Authority has approved a new contract for executive director Steve Beam that eliminates compensatory time off for long work days.
Beam has come under fire recently for the amount of time he is out of the office. The News & Observer newspaper reported that he had been taking nearly 11 weeks off a year with pay, some of which gave him time to pursue his side business as a magician.
The agency's board held a closed-door meeting two weeks ago to discuss Beam's situation. He said at the time that he took 20 comp days last year, but he said they were in exchange for working weekends.
The new contract – the first since Beam was hired in 1997 – doesn't include a raise, but it does allow Beam to take days off for "administrative time" when he travels for business on weekends. Such leave must be approved by the board.
The housing authority manages 2,000 public housing units in Raleigh and is primarily funded by the federal government.