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Spa City taps ex-Little Rock official

Jarmon, fired after writing memo, to lead housing agency by The Sentinel-Record | January 22, 2023 at 3:23 a.m.
Nadine Jarmon (left), the new executive director of the Hot Springs Housing Authority, and Richard Herrington Jr., the former executive director, are shown in these undated file photos. (Left, Arkansas Democrat-Gazette/Staci Vandagriff; right, Donald Cross/The Sentinel-Record)

HOT SPRINGS -- A former director of Little Rock's public housing authority, who was fired after accusing the authority's board of a series of misdeeds, has been hired to lead the housing authority in Hot Springs.

Nadine Jarmon has been named by the Hot Springs Housing Authority Board of Commissioners as the new executive director of the Hot Springs Housing Authority.

She will succeed the previous director, Richard Herrington, who retired after eight years of service with the agency, a news release said.

"I am very excited about this opportunity and look forward to working diligently with the Board, staff and broader community to make a positive impact," Jarmon said in the release.

"I'm thankful for the transition afforded to me by Mr. Herrington. There are exciting days ahead that require hard work and dedication to which I'm up to the challenge," she said.

The commissioners said in the release that Jarmon "has a proven record of being a powerful and tireless advocate for affordable housing. She has expansive knowledge of the industry and will be a great asset to the Hot Springs Housing Authority and to this community."

Jarmon is an Arkansas native, having worked in public housing since 1994 and starting in Houston as a research analyst, according to a biography provided by the board.

She was interim director of the Little Rock's Metropolitan Housing Alliance from July 2020 to April 2021, when the alliance board tapped her for the full time position.

In June 2021, she submitted a 161-page memo to Little Rock Mayor Frank Scott Jr. and the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development field office in Little Rock accusing the alliance board of micromanagement, unnecessary spending, sidestepping necessary federal approvals and conflicts of interest.

She was suspended with pay shortly after filing the complaint and fired two months later.

A wrongful termination lawsuit Jarmon filed against the housing authority is set for trial in June in U.S. District Court in Little Rock.

Jarmon also worked as a consultant for the Louisville, Ky.; West Chester, Pa.; and Gary, Ind., housing authorities.

In addition to the Little Rock housing authority post, she held executive director positions in New Orleans at the time of Hurricane Katrina, in Baton Rouge and in Deerfield Beach, Fla.

"Because of her public housing background, her experiences with different public housing agencies, and its due diligence in vetting Dr. Jarmon, the board of commissioners felt that she had the prerequisites for the job and would be a perfect fit to replace Herrington and make the transition seamless to the executive director's position," the release said.

Jarmon has a doctorate degree in urban and public affairs from the University of Texas, a master's degree in business administration from the University of Houston, master's degree in public administration from the University of Texas Arlington and a bachelor's degree in business administration from the University of Central Arkansas. She also completed a two-year fellowship at Yale University as a HUD Community Renaissance Fellow.

Information for the article was contributed by the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette.

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