DRACUT -- It's news that Dracut Housing Authority tenants -- if not their director -- may be happy to hear: Mary Karabtsos isn't leaving her post as director of the authority any time soon.
Karabatsos was told Monday that the Medford Housing Authority director search has been narrowed to two finalists that do not include her, she said.
"I'm out. There were four finalists, and they knocked two out," said Karabatsos, who was not heartbroken over the news.
"I have no regrets. I honestly love my job. We work very well together out here," Karabatsos said of the Dracut Housing Authority Board of Commissioners
Karabatsos said she doesn't regret interviewing for the Medford post, which would have paid $22,000 more than her annual $78,000 in Dracut, if hired.
The other three MHA director semifinalists were: John Coddington of the Everett Housing Authority, Joseph MacRitchie of the Quincy Housing Authority, and Peter Proulx of the Fall River Housing Authority.
Karabatsos said she was told Coddington and MacRitchie are the two finalists, with her and Proulx being eliminated.
Karabatsos, of Lowell, worked at the Lowell Housing Authority for more than two decades before heading the DHA.
She applied for the Medford job because "I've always wanted to get to a larger authority," she told The Sun last week. "It would be a great fit for me.
DHA board member Russell Taylor, one of Karabatsos' strongest supporters -- who fought to retain her in 2011 when the Dracut Housing Authority Board of Commissioners tried to oust her, while apparently doing the bidding of now-disgraced former Lowell Housing Authority Executive Director Michael McLaughlin -- said he didn't blame Karabatsos for looking elsewhere.
"I would be very disappointed if Mary left, because she has done a phenomenal job," Taylor said last week.