WATCH: Gene Jones fired as CEO at TCHC

Jones came under fire recently in the wake of a report released by City Ombudsman Fiona Crean...

Former CEO of TCHC Gene Jones
Photo: CTV

Gene Jones is out at Toronto Community Housing.

The CEO came under fire in the wake of a damning report by Toronto's Ombudsman, Fiona Crean, who investigating the company's human resources policies and practices.

Board Chair Bud Purves made the announcement following a closed door meeting where members discussed that report.

Jones was hired in June of 2012, after spending nearly 30 years working in public housing administration in the US.

He was hired on the recommendation of Mayor Rob Ford.

Jones will be given a severance package, which was later found to be $200,000.  
Bud Purves makes the announcement
The board at TCHC has announced Greg Spearn will take over the roles of President and CEO on an interim basis, while members conduct a search for a full time replacement to Jones.

In addition to the interim tag, Spearn will continue to hold down the roles of Vice President and Chief Development Officer.

In a release, Purves said "After much deliberation, the Board and Gene have mutually decided that a change in leadership will best position Toronto Community Housing to move forward in implementing its strategic plan. Today will be Gene's last day as President and Chief Executive Officer.  On behalf of the Board, I would like to thank Gene for his contributions to Toronto Community Housing, our residents and to the City of Toronto."  

Speaking to reporters after the decision, Mayor Rob Ford called this "one of the worst days in Toronto history."

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  1. Frankie posted on 04/25/2014 01:10 PM
    Not surprised. Council was never really interested in cleaning up TCHC only a false appearance. He tried cleaning things up and the Gravy Train ran him over so they could keep screwing the taxpayers.

    Too bad we don't have a city council that wants to clean up the mess. Their only interest is in maintaining wasteful expenses. They probably figure the Ontario Liberals can get away with this abuse so we can too!

    Ford's popularity may just have gone up a few more points
    1. Sonny posted on 04/25/2014 04:16 PM
      @Frankie It was a Ford approved board at TCHC that fired Jones! The repair backlog under Ford went from $350 Million to 900 Million. How much customer service excellence is that?
  2. wiliam paul posted on 04/25/2014 01:26 PM
    I agree. Our council had no intention of cleaning up the mess. Crean's report, as with everything spewed forth from her office is terribly biased as is she. The entire organization should have been fired if they really want to clean it up. Sad day for the tenants and it shows how City Council continues to want to screw the taxpayers for their own benefit. Hey, the Libs do it, why not us. Council should be ashamed
  3. Iris posted on 04/25/2014 01:59 PM
    About time !! Ford's not stopping the gravy train... he and his goonies have been hijacking it for themselves.

    However, I can't help feeling Jones is only a victim to Ford's manipulation and power wielding to get his own people in place (We've seen the Sandro Lisi reference letters, and the David Price salary boosts). Perhaps Jones had potential, but once you fall ply to Ford's idiocies, its a downward spiral from there and no stopping. Jones - his career and integrity have been rundown by a barreling, self-serving Ford.

    Perhaps Deco-labels has a position open.
  4. arthur posted on 04/25/2014 02:01 PM
    corruption and total mismanagement of public housing along with wasting of public funds raises it's ugly head. conflict of interest, cronyism, no proper oversight. these are the things Rob the hypocrite Ford chimed against but as we all see when it's someone he likes all checks and balances go out the window. It's all ok! damn the taxpayer it's all about his ego. things we don't know much about is the taxpayer has had to dish money for out of court settlements when it came to improper dismissals by Jones. we have to pay for his mistakes like we are paying for Rob Fords mistakes.
    the board did the right thing in turfing this guy he was allready on a short leash and he still didn't learn so he has to go. just like on Oct. 27 Ford will go then we can move forward as a city..
    1. Ann posted on 04/25/2014 03:40 PM
      @arthur What do you know about housing,,,,live there,, work there. Then and only then will you understand that housing will get even worse.
  5. Save Toronto Please! posted on 04/25/2014 02:28 PM
    This was one more of His Worship's hiring coups.........................
  6. Ann posted on 04/25/2014 03:37 PM
    Huh big mistake,,you think housing was in bad shape,,well watch what the heck happens now,,,this is also to bad mouth Rob Ford,,watch housing belly flop,, no go to pot...
  7. HP posted on 04/25/2014 03:54 PM
    So what happens to all the Ford supporters and fund raisers that Jones was forced to hire at the agency?
    Ford used the TCHC the same way Chris Christie used the New Jersey Port Authority to create jobs for his hacks and supporters resulting in one of the most corrupt organizations in New Jersey.

    Must be something about fat conservative politicians who run their office as a personal fiefdom. In Toronto, Ford is arguably the most corrupt mayor in our history.
  8. Mark7 posted on 04/25/2014 03:59 PM
    Rob Ford is wrong again. "One of the worst days in Toronto history" was when he was caught lying about smoking crack, driving while drunk, giving kids the finger, beating his wife, having his brother in law assaulted, peeing in the park, going on drunken rants, etc.

    This was a good day for our city, getting rid of a despot who treated people like crap, just like Rob.
  9. Doug Ford posted on 04/25/2014 04:06 PM
    Rob understands the issue here, he's just upset at losing an ally that did his biding, politicized the public housing file, and treated people like the crap they were. He even liked he guy even though he was black and not a Somali. Rob and I will now lobby like heck to get rid of Crean, the backstabbing bitch, and fire her when we et reelected.

    It was a bad day for Robby, we'll make up for it with some Grey Goose and a bag of bone in the office tonight.

    God Bless Toronto. Democracy sucks, but Rob will overcome.
  10. Alex posted on 04/25/2014 05:44 PM
    Rob Ford goes Blab, Blab, Blab but never really says anything.
    Just a lot of generalities.

    Rob Ford has no credibility so he should just keep quiet.
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