Reston Association CEO Milton Matthews will be leaving his position later this year, RA announced on Friday.
Matthews has been the CEO of RA for eight years. He is leaving the job because his wife accepted a job as the city manager of Rockville, Md., last summer. That job, like Reston Association, features a residency requirement.
"I very much have mixed emotions," said Matthews. "We enjoyed greately living in Reston. I like the community very much. I read about it when I was in grad school, and being a part of it was an invaluable experience."
The Association and Matthews have worked out a transition plan. Under that plan, Matthews will continue to serve as CEO until Sept. 30 of this year, though he will be on leave beginning May 31.
RA will continue to pay Matthews until September if he does not have a new contract when he leaves. If he has a new job, his RA contract will end May 31, Matthews said.
The board has initiated a search for a new CEO and is optimistic that it will name a successor to Matthews later this year, said Knueven.
"We are sad to see Milton leaving," said Knueven. "He has been a tremendous asset to the community and to RA and staff for as long as he has been here. His shoes will be very hard to fill."
Knueven said he hopes to have a community meeting to get feedback from RA members to help in the hiring process.