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Jenkins Resigns as Durham Human Relations Director

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Chester Jenkins, under fire in Durham for owning rental properties with numerous code violations, has resigned as director of the city's Human Relations Department.(WRAL-TV5 News)
DURHAM — A former Durham mayor who serves as the city's director of Human Relations is stepping down.

Chester Jenkins submitted his resignation Tuesday after coming under fire for owning rental properties that violated city housing codes.

One home owned by Jenkins had 50 code violations. The city threatened to tear down it down until Jenkins started making repairs.

The department, which Jenkins has headed since 1994, is in charge of handling housing discrimination complaints.

Members of the Human Relations Commission were set to look into complaints against Jenkins and make a recommendation to the Durham city manager Tuesday.

City manager Lamont Ewell says Jenkins' resignation is effective January 31, 2001. An interim director will be appointed to make sure upcoming projects stay on track.

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