Tyrone Franklin named Williamsburg housing authority director

Staff writer

Tyrone Franklin, former administrator for Surry County, was unanimously appointed executive director of the Williamsburg Redevelopment and Housing Authority by its Board of Commissioners Wednesday.

Franklin’s appointment is effective Monday, according to a news release from the city. He will replace Peter Walentisch, who served as the group’s acting executive directorin addition to his role as the city’s director of human services. According to the release, Walentisch will continue in his human services role.

Franklin joins the city’s housing authority with 24 years of experience in local government and started his career with the Newport News Redevelopment and Housing Authority, according to the release.

He will earn $98,000 annually in his new role.

“I would like to thank the Williamsburg Redevelopment and Housing Authority commissioners for extending this incredible honor to serve the community as the Executive Director for the Authority,” he said. “I look forward to this opportunity and what the future holds for WRHA."

As executive director, Franklin will be responsible for overseeing all functions and operations of the city agency and making sure the city meets all U.S. Housing and Urban Development requirements, along with any other applicable federal, state and local laws and standards.

He will also work to bolster affordable housing options in the city by working with staff on redevelopment and housing projects, the release states.

Mayor Paul Freiling, who also serves as the chairman of the WRHA Board of Commissioners, said he looks forward to working with Franklin to create and manage affordable housing in the city.

“The appointment of Tyrone Franklin brings a seasoned local government professional to Williamsburg and the WRHA,” he said. “In addition, the Board of Commissioners would also like to express its deep appreciation and gratitude to Peter Walentisch for the fine leadership he has provided the WRHA for the past few years.”

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