- Associated Press - Friday, June 30, 2017

WINDOW ROCK, Ariz. (AP) - The board that oversees the Navajo Housing Authority has appointed an interim chief executive officer while the search begins for a permanent CEO.

Board officials announced Friday that Roberta Roberts will be interim CEO.

She has nearly 16 years of housing experience and served as executive director for the Southern Ute Housing Authority from 2001 to 2003.

Roberts replaces Aneva Yazzie, whose last day was Friday.

Yazzie stepped down as the Navajo Nation looks to rebuild its reputation after concerns were raised about the lack of housing on the vast reservation.

In recent weeks, Navajo housing officials have defended themselves against accusations they overspent millions of dollars in federal grant funds.

The allegations spurred a congressional investigation, but federal regulators have found no evidence of fraud or other criminal conduct.

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