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Fair Housing Council of Oregon replaces its executive director

Nonprofit group had been criticized for mistakes in its 2010-11 study of bias among Portland landlords

The Fair Housing Council of Oregon board announced Thursday that it is replacing Executive Director Moloy Good with Pegge McGuire, who held the same position before Good, from 2001 to 2007.

McGuire has been serving as administrator of the state's community resources division of the Housing and Community Services agency.

Good was asked to stay on with the organization and serve as its enforcement director.

The move 'has been in the works for months,' said Leslie Carlson, a public relations consultant working for the board. 'I think the board is trying to position the organization for growth.'

The Portland-based Fair Housing Council of Oregon has been on the defensive since a study of bias among Portland landlords in 2010-11 was criticized as defective by city officials, the state Bureau of Labor and Industries, landlord groups and others. The Metro Multifamily Housing Association, the Portland area's leading landlord group, recently cut off ties with the fair housing council, citing a loss of trust in the organization. The landlord group had regularly hired the fair housing council to conduct trainings for landlords about fair housing laws.