Just seven months after San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer created a high-profile — and high paying — position in the city to help tackle homelessness, the woman tapped for job has abruptly left.
Stacie Spector, a former White House aide under President Bill Clinton, will no longer serve as senior adviser for housing solutions; her annual salary was $175,000, according to The San Diego Union-Tribune.
Called San Diego’s homelessness “czar” by many, Spector gave no reason for her immediate departure, and instead told the U-T via text, “It has been my honor to work on behalf of the 5,000 unsheltered and over 9,000 homeless in San Diego.”
Faulconer spokesman Matt Awbrey declined comment on why Spector’s tenure suddenly ended, but told the U-T the mayor plans to hire a replacement.
“Reducing homelessness continues to be our top social service priority,” Awbrey said.
Michael McConnell, a downtown homeless advocate, told the U-T Spector was in a difficult position.
“She had a really tough job, especially under the current mayor, who seems to favor some kind of a quick fix, whether it’s criminalizing the homeless or warehousing them,” McConnell said. “Some of these business groups have put a lot of pressure on the mayor to do a mega shelter or different types of facilities, which aren’t necessarily the evidence-based practices that we need. So she was in a really tough position trying to manage all of that.”