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GARY | A new executive director has been appointed to lead the Gary Housing Authority, officials said.

Julian Marsh was selected by the housing authority board after a nationwide search, a news release said. The board is controlled by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.

Marsh has more than 30 years of leadership experience in the field and previously served as executive director for the New Bern (N.C.) Housing Authority, the Decatur (Ill.) Housing Authority and the Petersburg (Va.) Redevelopment and Housing Authority.

Marsh has the experience needed to facilitate long-term sustainability at the Gary Housing Authority, Antonio R. Riley, HUD Midwest regional administrator, said in a statement.

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Gary Mayor Karen Freeman-Wilson said the city appreciates its partnership with HUD.

"As we are anxious to address a number of challenges that face the Gary Housing Authority, we feel confident the experience exhibited by Julian Marsh will be of great benefit to the authority," Freeman-Wilson said in a statement. "We want to change the quality of life for GHA residents, and we look forward to Mr. Marsh's commitment helping us to move in that direction."

The Gary Housing Authority and HUD entered into a cooperative endeavor agreement in June 2013 to address the Gary agency's challenges, the release said. The housing authority has been in a troubled stated since August 2003 and remains under receivership status.

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