Arrest Warrant Issued For Housing Chief Over Freedom Of Information

Oct 31, 2014

A judge has issued an arrest warrant for a housing agency's executive director over claims he didn't provide documents requested by an Arkansas newspaper.

District Judge Alice Lightle signed the warrant Thursday for Rodney Forte, the executive director of the Metropolitan Housing Alliance. An arrest affidavit by the Pulaski County prosecuting attorney's office states Forte is facing a misdemeanor charge of failing to comply with the Freedom of Information Act.

A prosecutor says Forte wasn't taken into custody but will have to appear later in court.

The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette reached Forte on his personal cellphone, but he said, "Hello? Hello? Hello?" before hanging up. He didn't answer additional calls by the newspaper.

In August, a reporter with the newspaper started submitting public information requests after learning the organization hired a deputy executive director at a $92,000 salary.