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Indicted former KHA executive director working for the City of Austin

A city spokesperson said Johnson works for the city but does not handle funds
DeAdra Johnson
Posted at 12:36 PM, Jan 24, 2024
and last updated 2024-01-24 13:36:23-05

AUSTIN, Texas — The federally indicted former executive director of the Killeen Housing Authority (KHA), DeAdra Johnson, is currently employed for the City of Austin.

25 News spoke with a city spokesperson who said that Johnson has been employed by the city since August 2022 as a project coordinator for Section 8 housing, but she does not handle funds.

The spokesperson said that the city is aware of the federal indictment, but as a fair chance employer they address these types of situations on a case-by-case basis.

"As soon as the city is made aware of the situation, we consider whether or not the charges have any relation or impact on the employee’s ability to perform their job," the city spokesperson wrote in a statement to 25 News.

"In this case, the employee is a project coordinator and does not handle any funds. She was hired August 2022 and currently remains employed with the City."

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On January 19, the U.S. Department of Justice announced that Johnson was arrested by the FBI on embezzlement charges of federal funds for personal use during her time as KHA's executive director.

A federal judge set her bond at $25,000, which she has since paid and been released.


We did some digging on DeAdra Johnson.

Turns out after she resigned from the Killeen Housing Authority, she went to work for the City of Austin.

Johnson's worked there since August 2022 as a project coordinator for Section 8 housing.

The City of Austin tells us she is still employed in that role and that Johnson does not handle any funds.

A federal judge set her bond at $25,000 on Friday.

Johnson paid it and has since been released.