Investigation into DeSantis ally DiNapoli ends at Florida Housing Corp

The head of Florida's affordable housing corporation, an ally of Gov. Ron DeSantis has resigned after being accused of running a toxic workplace. The multi-billion-dollar Florida Housing Finance Corp., will be led by an acting executive director until Michael DiNapoli is replaced.

A day after its controversial executive director resigned, the Florida Housing Finance Corporation’s board of directors formally closed an inspector general’s investigation into his tumultuous leadership of the organization. 

During the action Friday at its board meeting in Coral Gables, members only made passing reference to Michael DiNapoli, who had been nominated by Gov. Ron DeSantis to head the affordable housing corporation.  

Instead, they voted unanimously to accept and close the probe by FHFC Inspector General Chris Hirst, who concluded DiNapoli had created a toxic work environment at the corporation. 

The board also approved keeping Angie Sellers, the corporation’s longtime chief financial officer, as acting executive director. She’s held the post mostly since July when DiNapoli was first suspended by Board Chair Mario Facella with the launch of the inspector general’s probe. 

DiNapoli earned $185,000 as executive director. He’d been hired in February.  

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But his term has been chaotic. After being placed on paid administrative leave, DiNapoli was reinstated in August by DeSantis, who claimed Facella’s move was “unsanctioned.” 

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