State housing agency director to resign after charging lavish travel expenses

Aug 8, 2014

The head of Michigan’s housing authority is resigning. That’s after public documents showed Scott Woosley racked up big bills while traveling on state business.

Scott Woosley
Scott Woosley
Credit Todd Walsh / Michigan Historic Preservation Office

    

Woosley asked to be reimbursed for over $200,000 in expenses since 2012. That’s according to public records released this week by the Michigan Democratic Party, which obtained them through the Freedom of Information Act.

The documents show Woosley ate at pricey restaurants and stayed at luxury hotels while traveling on behalf of the Michigan State Housing Development Authority (MSHDA).

“I don’t want recent news reports to be a distraction from the transformative work that is happening at MSHDA and across the State,” Woosley said Friday in a statement announcing his resignation.

A day earlier, he offered to write a personal check for any expenses the state deems inappropriate.

Michigan Democrats are still asking the state auditor general to investigate travel spending by officials in all state departments.