CHICAGO — Michigan has tapped deputy treasurer Wayne Workman to be acting executive director of the state's housing authority.

Workman was the state's long-time financial advisor when he was with Robert W. Baird & Co. The state hired him as deputy treasurer last July.

Treasurer Kevin Clinton recommended Workman for the new interim position, the state said.

Workman replaces Scott Woosley at the Michigan State Housing Development Authority. Woosley left earlier this month after state Democrats released copies of his expense reports that showed he was reimbursed for lavish spending on alcohol, meals, and five-star hotels while on state business.

"Members of this board take our responsibility for overseeing the fiduciary stability of the agency very seriously, and we agree that Mr. Workman will bring a steady hand while a search for a permanent executive director continues," Tom Saxton, chief deputy state treasurer and chair of the MSHDA board, said in a statement. "It is important that we strive for continued progress for the authority as staff works to implement all new and existing programs and objectives for enhancing Michigan's housing options, neighborhood stability and economy."

The MSHDA board unanimously voted to appoint Workman as acting director on Aug. 21. Among other things, the agency oversees blight removal programs in Detroit and other distressed cities and neighborhood stabilization programs.

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