Mike DiNapoli, Florida's state affordable housing director appointed by Republican governor DeSantis, has been placed on leave from his position for the second time.
Mike DiNapoli had been previously suspended, but DeSantis reinstated him last month.
The Florida Housing Finance Corporation (FHFC) board voted last Friday to place DiNapoli on paid "administrative leave for a second time after an investigation determined he created a hostile work environment and violated other policies." The internal inspector general's report found that DiNapoli "engaged in inappropriate behavior by the organization's standards that included yelling at employees, interrupting them, and threatening their job security."
DeSantis defended DiNapoli by calling the FHFC Board the ‘deep state’ and said he would 'explore every available tool to ensure proper management and oversight of the board and its staff, including the Inspector General.'
According to a report in the Miami Herald, before DeSantis chose DiNapoli to be Florida’s affordable housing director, overseeing billions of state and federal dollars, his finances — and career — appeared to be in shambles.
The FHFC is the lead organization in implementing the recently passed “Live Local Act” that will put $711 million toward affordable housing and rental programs. All told, the organization creates almost $6 billion in economic activity in Florida's housing sector, according to its annual report.
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