Gerald Cichon - Chief Executive Officer
As Chief Executive Officer of the Housing Authority of the City of El Paso – one of the nation's largest and highest-performing providers of affordable housing programs for low-income families, Mr. Cichon manages a $91 million budget that supports 430 employees, 6,500 public housing units, 5,600 Housing Choice Vouchers and 2,400 tax credit and non-subsidized units that collectively house some 40,000 El Pasoans.
Since his appointment in January 2008, Mr. Cichon integrated progressive payroll technologies to replace antiquated systems, revamped HACEP's hiring process to attract industry-leading professionals from across the country, enhanced the integrity of the procurement process, secured more than $21 million from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act – including an $8.3 million competitive grant to build a Net Zero, Fossil Fuels Free, LEED Platinum public housing community for the elderly – to improve the quality, availability and energy-efficiency of affordable housing units, and energized HACEP's homeownership programs to reduce generational dependency on housing assistance.
Mr. Cichon is an experienced attorney and is licensed in Texas and Colorado. Prior to his appointment as HACEP CEO, he practiced law as Chief Counsel for the Western District of Texas with the Combined Law Enforcement Associations of Texas (CLEAT) from 2001-2008. From 1997-2001, Mr. Cichon practiced as Senior Felony Prosecutor for the El Paso District Attorney's Office where he prosecuted thousands of felony and misdemeanor criminal cases. He also served as a legislative aide in Washington, D.C., for the U.S. Senator for the State of Colorado.
Mr. Cichon earned a Master of Business Administration from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University in Chicago, a Juris Doctorate from St. Mary's University School of Law in San Antonio, and a Bachelor of Science in Business and Marketing from the University of Colorado-Boulder. His professional certifications include a licensed Texas real estate agent, a certified Public Housing Manager, and a certified Asset Manager.