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Longmont Housing executive director resigns following request from board chair

Posted at 6:09 PM, Feb 15, 2018
and last updated 2018-02-15 20:09:04-05

LONGMONT, Colo. – The executive director of the Longmont Housing Authority has resigned following a request from the chair of the board, Denver7 confirmed Thursday evening.

Wendell Picket told Denver7’s Jason Gruenauer he asked for Michael Reis’ resignation and that he tendered it, but when asked why, Pickett said he could not “discuss personal matters.”

The resignation is effective immediately.

When asked by Gruenauer if the resignation had anything to do with warrantless searches, Pickett reportedly paused before saying he could not discuss personnel matters.

Earlier this year, Reis refused to comment on warrantless searches that took place at a Longmont apartment complex last year.

Denver7 first broke the story of police using K-9s to search the Suites apartments in Longmont in May of 2017. The Suites are managed by the housing authority.

Residents reached out to Denver7 concerned their rights were being violated after they had received a letter telling them police and K-9s would be present during the searches.

After that story aired, the Longmont Police Department ended those searches, an outside investigation took place, and the city settled a lawsuit with the ACLU for $210,000