Gov. Paul LePage has nominated state Department of Economic and Community Development Commissioner George Gervais to be the next director of the Maine State Housing Authority, pending legislative approval.

George Gervais

LePage also has nominated retired Housing Authority Director John Gallagher to serve on its board of directors, according to a news release. Gallagher retired from his role as director of the Housing Authority in November after serving since 2012.

“I am pleased to nominate both George and John to these positions,” LePage said in the release. “Our administration has made great strides in making Maine State Housing a more effective and efficient organization for the people it serves. George will bring strong management skills to the position from his current position as DECD Commissioner, and John, as the immediate past director, will be an important asset to the board during this transition.”

Created by statute, the Housing Authority serves a wide-ranging role in promoting affordable housing in Maine, including the ability to issue housing loans and grants.

Gervais, of North Yarmouth, has been with DECD since 2008, serving previously as assistant commissioner, development program manager and business development specialist. DECD administers Community Development Block Grants, which invest about $2.7 million annually in housing efforts statewide.


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