City of Vancouver parts ways with chief housing officer Mukhtar Latif

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      One of Vancouver's senior staff has left City Hall.

      Chief housing officer Mukhtar Latif is no longer an employee, according to a statement issued by city manager Sadhu Johnston.

      "The City of Vancouver has made a change to how it implements affordable housing in Vancouver," Johnston stated.

      Latif is also no longer the CEO of the Vancouver Affordable Housing Agency.

      Luke Harrison has been named as the interim CEO of VAHA.

      There's been no public explanation for Latif's departure.

      Prior to being hired by the city in October 2013, he worked for London-based Savills, which is a global real-estate services company.

      In 2015, Latif wrote a memo to the mayor and city councillors citing numerous reasons why homes were being left empty in Vancouver.

      Last November, a majority on council voted in favour of a new one percent tax on homes left vacant for at least six months of the year.