Dedrick Petty, a member of the Sanford Housing Authority’s Board of Commissioners, was charged Saturday with a single count of assaulting a female, according to an arrest report from the Sanford Police Department.
Petty, 31, was appointed to the board, which administers public and Section 8 housing in Sanford and Lee County, during a membership shakeup in 2015. The report is light on specific details, but indicates that the arrest took place just before 9 a.m. Saturday at 1904 S. Horner Blvd., which is the address of the Hampton Inn. Petty was released on bond from the Lee County Jail the same day; he is due in court Jan. 25.
Shannon McLean, the authority’s executive director, did not return a call seeking comment about whether alleged criminal activity rules that apply to SHA residents also apply to board members. According to its website, the authority screens prospective residents’ criminal history and “will deny admission to any applicant whose habits and practices may be expected to have a detrimental effect on other residents or on the public housing environment.”
Those policies aside, Petty’s living situation may cause him problems in terms of membership on the board. His arrest report shows an Apex address; appointments to the Sanford Housing Authority are typically required to live in Sanford or Lee County.
Board chairman Bill Tatum said he wasn’t aware of the arrest but when told of Petty’s apparent Apex address added “that should be reason enough for (Petty’s) removal from the board.”