The Brainerd Housing and Redevelopment Authority Board of Commissioners recently announced the hiring of Eric Charpentier as the organization’s new executive director.

“After an extensive search and thorough process, I’m pleased to share that Eric Charpentier was selected for the executive director position. His commitment and connections to our community make him an ideal leader for our agency,” said Marlee Larson, chair of the Brainerd Housing and Redevelopment Authority Board, in a news release.

Charpentier started the position in August. He replaced Jennifer Bergman, former executive director (and current Brainerd city administrator), who resigned early this year. Charpentier also serves as executive director for the Crow Wing County Housing and Redevelopment Authority and Crosby Housing and Redevelopment Authority.

A Brainerd native with more than 13 years of experience in banking, Charpentier most recently served as a retail manager for Deerwood Bank. He has also been actively involved in the community by serving on the board of directors for several organizations, including Brainerd Housing and Redevelopment Authority, Lakes Area Habitat for Humanity, Cuyuna Range Economic Development Inc., Brainerd Lakes Area Economic Development Corp. Unified Fund, United States Collegiate Ski and Snowboard Association and the Brainerd Jaycees.

“I am humbled to be joining the team at the Brainerd HRA. This is such a great organization that serves the community day in and day out and I couldn’t be more excited for this opportunity,” Charpentier said in the news release.