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RA CEO Matthews to Leave Position in 2013

Reston Association chief executive moving to Rockville, where is wife is new city manager.

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.

John Farrell February 09, 2013 at 01:15 AM
Milton's been a lame duck ever since the Brown's Chapel mega-gym and 5 story parking garage fiasco that he cooked up with Mr. Bouie. Basically, under this "deal," Milton gets paid his full contract, gets a 4 month vacation and RA members get a stagnated "senior leadership team" for 3+ years. Can any other RA members get a deal like that?
Mark Ingrao February 09, 2013 at 01:20 PM
Milton and RA have been a valued partner with the Reston Chamber working together on several initiatives for the community. He has served on the Chamber board to ensure the resident's perspective is represented in our policy discussions. I have appreciated his friendship and wish him well.
Robert Pew February 09, 2013 at 03:15 PM
Milton is the administrator of RA It is the job of the board to determine the political direction of the organization. When I look at the move to a new building, the attitude and energy of the staff, the communications to the public, and the general reputation of RA I have to give credit to Milton for running the organization. When asked he is quite aware of and involved in the many activities going on within his organization. He is familiar with the many organizations in Reston and apparently stays in contact with them. I have no doubt that he will continue to do a great job of managing the organization until he finds other employment. Thanks for your efforts Milton. You will be missed.
Leila Gordon February 09, 2013 at 04:08 PM
Thank you to Milton for his dedication to both Reston and his organization. RCC and RA are partners in so many endeavors that it would be impossible to list them all; throughout, Milton has demonstrated integrity and concern for the people of this special place. I wish him every success in whatever he does next.
Donna Rostant February 09, 2013 at 04:24 PM
As a relatively new Director, I have the pleasure of working with Milton. Milton is always a true gentleman, a consummate professional and an incredibly dedicated and capable employee. Milton always treats everyone with respect. As Ken said - we will miss him. Best of luck in whatever is ahead for you Milton.
John Farrell February 09, 2013 at 05:14 PM
Sadly, Mark, the Chamber may have contributed to Milton's demise. Milton signed the Chamber's unavailing and partisan attack letter opposing PLAs in the Silver Line Phase II bid without the approval of RA's Board. An act of rank insubordination that would have gotten him fired for cause in most organizations. Reston's a union town, Mark, and all the likely bidders for Phase II already have PLAs. So WMATA's removal of that spec from the bid changed nothing except Milton's relationship with RA members who belong to or support unions.
Michael Sanio February 09, 2013 at 05:41 PM
Milton is a true professional, thank you for your service, and I wish all the very best for the future.
John Farrell February 09, 2013 at 11:38 PM
Maybe if you'd actually been an RA member for the past 7 years, Ms. Gordon, you'd have a different perspective. But apparently its asking too much of the executive director of Small Tax District #5 to live among the people she taxes.
Skip Endale February 10, 2013 at 03:52 AM
I thought he was great! Lets wish him best of luck... I understand, Rockville is the cool part of town now. Cheers
Laura Ramon February 10, 2013 at 05:19 PM
Can I just say how GLAD and RELIEVED I am that Mr. Farrell withdrew from the RA race. You're rude and unproductive.
John Farrell February 10, 2013 at 05:29 PM
Hey, pot! meet kettle
Kathy February 11, 2013 at 03:05 AM
Once you are elected to the RA Board, you lose the ability to speak your mind. Only the CEO and the President of the RA Board are allowed to speak for Reston Association. It's a kind of a gag thing for the other directors. So I'm glad Mr. Farrell will be continuing to be on the outside, speaking freely. So refreshing. Kathy Kaplan
Laura Ramon February 11, 2013 at 03:51 AM
No one ever loses their ability to speak their mind. How absurd.

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