Frank L. Wilcox - Executive Director
Executive Director, Monroe Housing Authority. Frank L. Wilcox was a new graduate of the University of Central Arkansas when he was hired by the North Little Rock Urban Renewal Agency to acquire, clear, and develop land in North Little Rock, Arkansas. This land that was acquired included the location of the current Verizon Arena.
In l971 he was recruited by the then mayor W.L. “Jack” Howard to help form the Monroe Louisiana Redevelopment Agency. Under Frank’s leadership this agency initiated projects including the clearance for and construction of the folding flood wall on South Grand, renovation of downtown Monroe, construction of the Washington and Lamy streets connector, and the addition of the Powell Street Recreation Center.
For the past thirty plus years, Frank has been Executive Director of the Monroe Housing Authority. He takes great pride in the establishment of seven retirement communities, which include The Frances Tower, Ouachita Grand Plaza, South Pointe, McKeen Plaza, Chauvin Pointe, Lake Passman, and Claiborne Creek. Under his leadership, the six family developments have been completely renovated and modernized to a state of complete repair.
Frank developed the Housing Choice Voucher program. Under this program more than 1,500 units were added to serve the community. The new Central Office building has relocated to a revamped Palace Annex building. Also under Frank’s leadership the Housing Authority has tripled in size to approximately 3,500 units.
The most recent addition has been the development of learning centers in MHA’s public housing developments. This was done in partnership with the Louisiana Delta Community College. These learning centers have been phenomenally successful in helping the residents of the developments to become self-sufficient and in improving their quality of life.
Frank was recognized by the National Association of Housing and Redevelopment officials as a NAHRO Fellow, which is the most prestigious honor of this organization. This honor was accorded him because of his success in contributions to and his leadership in the affordable housing industry. He was also awarded the Charles Farris Lifetime Achievement award, which is given to the person recognized for outstanding achievements in the seven state South West NAHRO Association.
Under Frank’s leadership, the Monroe Housing Authority has won the Sustained Performance Award from HUD including High Performer in the Public Housing Management Assessment Program since its inception in 1992. HUD has repeatedly recognized the Monroe Housing Authority as one of the most outstanding Affordable Housing Agencies in the United States.
He has served as the Executive Director for Monroe Housing Authority since 1976.
Bobby Simmons - Deputy Director
Deputy Director, Monroe Housing Authority. Bobby Simmons has been Deputy Director of the Monroe Housing Authority since 2005 and has held various other supervisory positions with the Monroe Housing Authority since 1988. During his early years with the Agency he served as a Community Service Coordinator and was instrumental in MHA being the recipient of many grants throughout the years. Mr. Simmons is well known throughout the community for his role in Monroe Housing Authority’s Homeownership Program. It is through this program that over 200 families in the Monroe area became first time homeowners. Later Mr. Simmons went on to supervise the maintenance department and today works extensively with MHA’s Management and Maintenance staff in preparing for HUD Real Estate Assessment Center inspections.
Mr. Simmons is an active participant within the housing profession, serving as Vice President over numerous committees with the Louisiana Housing Council since 1990 and later as its President from 2011-2013. He has been an active member of several boards in the Monroe community including Work Force Investment. Bobby currently serves as a Board member with NOVA Workforce Institute of Northeast Louisiana. A devoted family man, he serves as an Elder and Teacher at the Church of Christ.
Bobby Simmons holds a Bachelor’s degree in Social Work from the University of Louisiana at Monroe.
He has served as Deputy Director for the Monroe Housing Authority since 2005.
Board of Commissioners
Joseph Farr - Chairman
Chairman of the Monroe Housing Authority Board of Commissioners. Joseph Farr, a native of Monroe, Louisiana, was educated in the Monroe City School System and graduated from the University of Louisiana at Monroe (ULM) in 1975 with a degree in business.
He began his career in insurance with his father at Rodriguez-Farr Insurance Agency, which he later purchased in 1981. He acquired another agency in April of 1983 and merged with Jerry Thomas in July 1983 to form the Thomas & Farr Agency.
Joseph has served on several insurance company advisory boards including CNA, Commercial Union, St Paul, Americas, LWCC, Hanover, and served as Chairman of the United Fire Group panel.
He is past chairman of the ULM Foundation Board, former member of the ULM Athletic Scholarship Board, former member of Monroe Rotary, life member of the Monroe Youth Baseball Board, Chairman of the Monroe Housing Authority Board, present member of the Monroe Chamber of Commerce and past board member, past chairman of United Way, and past President of The Louisiana Purchase Council of the Boy Scouts. In 2013, Joseph received the highest honor awarded by the Monroe Chamber of Commerce, the prestigious Rambin-Silverstein Memorial Civic Award. This award is given each year to an individual who has demonstrated outstanding achievement and leadership service through unselfish dedication for the betterment of the greater community.
A devoted advocate of education, Joseph is a current Board of Regents’ member for the State of Louisiana. Regents are appointed by the Governor to represent the State’s public higher education community through statewide academic planning and review, budgeting and performance funding, research, and accountability.
An avid outdoorsman, Joseph is a lifetime member of the National Rifle Association, Ducks Unlimited, and the National Wild Turkey Federation.
He has served on the MHA Board since 2010 and has served as chairman since 2015.
Hal Hinchliffe - Vice-Chairman
Vice Chairman of the Monroe Housing Authority Board of Commissioners. Hal H. Hinchliffe has served as Executive Vice President/Head of Real Estate Lending of Progressive Bank since June 2006 and as Senior Vice President/Head of Real Estate Lending from June 1998 to June 2006. Mr. Hinchliffe was Senior Vice President/Senior Relationship Manager at Central Bank from 1986 to 1998, Senior Vice President at American Bank from 1983 to 1985, Assistant Vice President at Bank of New Orleans from 1981 to 1982 and Assistant Vice President at First National Bank of Commerce from 1978 to 1981. Mr. Hinchliffe currently serves as a Commissioner of the Monroe Housing Authority Board; as a Board member of the Monroe Housing Authority Properties for Retired Living; as a member of both the Board of Trustees and the Strategic Planning Committee for the Louisiana Governor’s Mansion Foundation; as former President and Board member of Monroe Home Ownership, Inc.; and is a former member of the Board of Supervisors of the Louisiana State University System. Mr. Hinchliffe holds a Bachelor’s degree in Economics from Louisiana State University.
He has served on the MHA Board since 2013.
William Smart - Commissioner
Monroe Housing Authority Board of Commissioners. William Smart has served as Monroe Operation Manager of Brookshire Distribution Center since August 2012 and as Warehouse Shipping Manager from April 1998 to August 2012. Mr. Smart has served in various other position within Brookshire’s from July 1992 to April 1998.
Mr. Smart currently serves as Vice-Chairman of the Monroe Housing Authority Board of Commissioners, as a Board member of the Monroe Housing Authority Properties for Retired Living, as a Board member of the St. Francis Hospital Foundation, 2016 Chairman and Board member of the Monroe Chamber of Commerce, former Board member of the Ouachita Council on Aging, and is a former Board member of the United Way of Northeast Louisiana. Mr. Smart holds a Bachelor’s degree in General Studies from the University of Louisiana at Monroe.
He has served on the MHA Board since 2015.
Rick Miller - Commissioner
Business - Miller Funeral Homes
Volunteer and member of many community and civic organizations.
He has served on the MHA Board since 2016.
Patricia Gix - Commissioner
Volunteer and member of many community and civic organizations.
She has served on the MHA Board since 2016.