ORANGE, NJ – July 11, 2019 – Joanne Kureshepi, long-term administrative secretary at the Housing Authority of the City or Orange (HACO), got a heartfelt send-off into retirement with a resolution from the city and a day, May 31, designated in her honor.
The resolution praised Kureshepi, stating, “Throughout her 20-year career with the Housing Authority, Joanne earned the respect of her peers, her constituents and that of the population she served. She will be sorely missed by her co-workers, the commissioners, residents, vendors, and many friends she met along the way.”
Joanne joined HACO in May 1999 as the administrative secretary, eventually serving six executive directors. Among her many duties, she maintained the personnel records, prepared the monthly board meetings, and kept the records for the Orange Housing Development Corporation. Joanne took a lead role in organizing and directing the authority’s annual golf tournament that raises funds for college scholarships for deserving high school seniors in Orange.
“I know I speak for the staff as well as myself when I say how grateful we are for the many years of service Joanne has given to the Housing Authority,” said Dr. Walter McNeil, HACO’s Executive Director. “Joanne has been a familiar and welcoming presence that we all have relied upon for her exceptional skills. She has kept this office organized and running smoothly. We wish her health and happiness in her well deserved retirement.”
About the Housing Authority of the City of Orange
The Housing Authority of the City of Orange works to transform the City of Orange by providing safe, livable and affordable housing that promotes the development of communities. At HACO, participants are not statistics, they are neighbors. The HACO knows the community and tailors programs to better serve the participant’s needs. Whether it is a search for housing, assistance with foreclosure or neighborhood development, the Housing Authority of the City of Orange stands ready to offer its services to all residents.
CAPTION: (Left to right) Joanna Kureshepi posed with HACO colleagues and Orange Mayor at her retirement dinner: HACO Commissioner Clifford Ross,HACO Commissioner Ernest Williams, HACO Commissioner Dr. Joseph Juliano, Joanne Kureshepi, HACO Executive Director Dr. Walter McNeil, HACO Commissioner Betty McLeod, Orange Mayor Dwayne Warren, Orange Housing Development Corporation board members Dennis Motley and Avram White.