Jeff Davis
Jeff Davis, the new interim CEO of the San Diego Housing Commission.

The San Diego City Council on Tuesday appointed 25-year public housing veteran Jeff Davis as interim CEO and executive director of the San Diego Housing Commission

The appointment follows the resignation of Rick Gentry, 73, who announced his retirement after 14 years at the agency amid a controversy over the purchase of a Mission Valley hotel for affordable housing.

Council President Sean Elo-Rivera expressed his confidence in Davis, noting his “excellent reputation” in the affordable housing sector and decades of experience.

“Knowing the housing commission is in Jeff’s good hands will allow the housing authority to turn our attention to leading a robust, community-centered national search for an effective leader who will play an integral role in creating a future where all San Diegans have access to a quality, affordable home,” said Elo-Rivera.

Davis had been serving as the deputy CEO.  He has supervised all major divisions of the agency, including real estate, rental assistance, homelessness initiatives and policy. 

The housing commission develops affordable housing projects, manages federal rental housing assistance, and oversees the city’s services for the homeless. It has developed more than 23,000 housing units.

Chris Jennewein

Chris Jennewein is Editor & Publisher of Times of San Diego.