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FARMINGTON — The Navajo Housing Authority Board of Commissioners has selected an interim CEO for the tribal housing agency.

NHA government and public relations director Roberta Roberts was named interim CEO on Friday while the board began a search for a permanent replacement, according to a press release from the tribal entity.

Roberts is replacing Aneva Yazzie, who stepped down from the position on Friday after serving 10 years as CEO.

"I am ready to serve the people and leadership during this important transition while the search begins for a permanent chief executive officer," Roberts said.

The release states Roberts previously worked for NHA from 1992 to 1998 and returned in February 2011.

From 2001 to 2003, she was the executive director of the Southern Ute Housing Authority. She worked from 2004 to 2011 for the Navajo Tribal Utility Authority.

NHA commissioners Kris Beecher, Derrith Watchman-Moore and Sean McCabe said in the release they have full confidence in Roberts' ability to help them navigate changes they envision for the agency, including addressing "a poor record" of new home construction.

"Her wealth of experience at NHA will help us as we continue looking at NHA as a whole and determine a new direction based on the needs of the Navajo people and communities on the Navajo Nation," board members said in the release.
 

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