Sparks fly, arrests made at Birmingham Housing Authority Board meeting (update)


Activists Irene Johnson and Maralyn Mosely were released from jail late Thursday afternoon.


Another chapter unfolded in the battle over the Birmingham Housing Authority Board Thursday.

During a special meeting, fired executive director Naomi Truman was reinstated, and two activists, Irene Johnson and Maralyn Mosely, were arrested after opposing the board's decision.

Last week, Truman was fired. Friday, a temporary restraining order temporarily reinstated Truman.

A few days later, Mayor William Bell replaced Board President Charles Townsend, who cast the third vote needed to fire Truman. Bell appointed Cardell Davis to Townsend's seat, which was up last August. Thursday morning, Bell's appointee helped get Truman reinstated.

Bell's office was contacted Tuesday and Wednesday about the decision to appoint Davis and the timing. No one would comment.

The HABD is run by the City of Birmingham. The mayor appoints all the board members. A spokesperson for Housing and Urban Development said the agency has no role in the management of the Birmingham Housing Authority.