Tom Clasby, director of senior care at Quincy, is under investigation

QUINCY − A city department head has been placed on paid administrative leave pending an internal investigation.

Thomas Clasby, Quincy’s senior care director, is the subject of an investigation “related to the city’s policies and procedures,” said Chris Walker, chief of staff to Mayor Thomas Koch.

Last year, Clasby received just under $112,000 in salary.

Clasby has held his position since 1997 and heads the city’s Aging Council and oversees services ranging from recreation programs to housing assistance and medical and social transportation, according to his city profile.

In 2009, Clasby resigned from the board of Elder Housing Corp. amid allegations that he violated conflict of interest policies.

The Patriot Ledger reported in 2009 that Clasby helped his parents move into a recently vacated unit on Naval Terrace, even though the unit was contractually reserved for low-income seniors eligible for federal Section 8 housing assistance. Another couple was already at the top of the waiting list.

Elder Housing Corp. is a nonprofit organization created to manage Naval Terrace, an affordable senior housing complex near Quincy’s Squantum neighborhood. Elder Housing Corp. Policy prohibits family members of city officials or board members from living in the senior housing community. Clasby was both.

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