Cisneros and Julian decide to leave HUD, Deval Patrick resigns at Justice Department 

HUD Secretary Henry Cisneros, who was appointed by President Clinton in 1992, has announced plans to leave his post. The former Houston mayor has not announced his plans following his departure. In late December, President Clinton announced that HUD Assistant Secretary Andrew Cuomo would replace Cisneros.

Allen Fishbein, director of the Center for Community Change told the publication that Cisneros should be credited with saving HUD and building up its image as "a tough enforcer."

Also at HUD, Elizabeth Julian, the Fair Housing and Equal Opportunity chief, announced her plans to resign in November. Julian had been on the job for about a year and a half, first as Acting Deputy Assistant Secretary replacing the departing Roberta Achtenberg, and then as Deputy Assistant Secretary of FHEO.

Julian, a long time civil rights advocate, had received negative criticism recently after a letter she wrote to a real estate agent surfaced. In the letter, Julian claimed that agents did not violate the Fair Housing Act if they "mutely obeyed" a buy er's orders to steer them toward certain neighborhoods. The statements made in the letter were later rescinded by Julian.

Deval Patrick, the Assistant Attorney General for Civil Rights at the United States Department of Justice, announced his resignation in mid-November. After spending three years as civil rights chief, Patrick told the Associated Press that he was leavi ng his post to rejoin his family in Boston.