--- April 4, 2016

The Erie Housing Authority's board of directors is still in the process of searching for, and selecting, a permanent executive director.

Meanwhile, at an Authority Board meeting held March 28, Daniel J. Roessner, former deputy director of the Authority,  was named executive director until a permanent replacement for Horan can be chosen.

Daniel J. Roessner

Roessner was appointed Deputy Director of the Housing Authority of the City of Erie on April 23, 2001.

He had served as Executive Director of the Oil City Housing Authority from 1977 to 2001. He received his B.A. degree in Journalism from the University of Pittsburgh in 1970, and received his M. Ed. Degree in Counseling Psychology from Gannon University in 1972.

No firm timeline for choosing a permanent replacement for John E. Horan has been set. Roessner said he will continue in the director's position as long as necessary.

Horan,  executive director of the Authority for almost 40 years, died Thursday, February 25, 2016, at age 73..

He died at Saint Vincent Health Center of natural causes.

Horan served as executive director of the Authority since 1977.  Prior to that, he was assistant director of the Erie Redevelopment Authority from 1968-1972, and planning director for the City of Erie from 1972-1977.

He began his 40th year as the Authority’s director on February 2 of this year.