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RESUME OF RON M. LINTON
Ron M. Linton is a public policy planner whose primary fields are, transportation, water resources, environment and public safety. He has 50 years of experience in intergovernmental relations, planning, and communications. He was the founder, and served as President and Chief Executive Officer of Linton, Mields, Reisler & Cottone, Ltd. from 1968 to 1994 when the firm merged with the Carmen Group. He retired in 1997 and now consults on government relations , law enforcement and economic planning.
Currently he is the Airports Authority liaison to the District government and business community. He also is affiliated with the DC PEP Joint Venture assigned to the Office of Public Education Facilities Modernization developing the comprehensive maintenance program.
He recently was president of his own development firm, Linton Properties, LLC, engaged in building senior citizen housing on Maryland's eastern shore. The venture failed in the housing crises. He continues consulting on a variety of local and national issues.
Linton was Chairman of the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority which operates Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport and Washington Dulles International Airport from 1992 to 1994. He was among the initial directors appointed to the Airports Authority when it was created in 1986. For six years he chaired the Operations Committee and was Vice Chairman when he was elected by the board as Chairman for his final two years in office. He was instrumental in the planning of airport financing of nearly a billion dollars.
After leaving the MWAA board, he was elected to the board of TAMS CONSULTANTS, Inc. a world wide engineering firm, and participated in several projects including three years of the planning effort for the third Chicago airport. He had previously served on the board of directors of the engineering firm of Metcalf & Eddy.
Linton served a four year term on the board of the District of Columbia Water & Sewer Authority, the last two years of which he served as chairman. In the first two years he chaired the board's finance committee and was principal architect of the Authority's financial plan that resulted in a $280 million bond
issue. The Authority provides water and sewer services not only to the District of Columbia but to its suburban counties in Maryland and Virginia.
In 2002, he stepped down after four years as Chairman of the New York Avenue Development Corporation, a non profit citizens effort leading in the revitalizing New York Avenue,the capital's gateway from the east. For the next several years he was a senior consultant on the planning for the third Chicago airport.
Mr. Linton initiated his practice of representing clients with federal agencies in 1968 after eight years with the federal government, mostly in high staff positions in the Congress.
He served in the Defense Department between 1962 and 1963 then returned to Capitol Hill as Staff Director of the United States Senate Committee on Public Works..
From 1969 to 1970 he was a visiting professor in urban environmental studies at Rennsaeler Polytechnic Institute in Troy, New York.
In 1971 as an avocation, he joined the Metropolitan Police Department as a reserve officer. In his 26 years with the MPD he rose to the position of Assistant Chief in charge of Volunteer Services, spending his last four years in a full time capacity as a fully sworn officer. During his police service he was involved in several initiatives including the development of community policing in the first district and the roll out of the Patrol Service Area (PSA) program
Linton had come to Washington in November, 1959, as a fellow of the American Political Science Association to participate in its Congressional Fellowship Program, on leave from his position as Labor Editor of The Courier Journal of Louisville, Ky. Instead of returning to Louisville after the fellowship he joined the campaign staff of Sen. John F. Kennedy first as an assistant press secretary and the as a senior advance man.
Locally, he served in 1967 on the DC Public School Boundary Committee and in 1968 was named by then Mayor Walter Washington to chair a task force on DC Health and Environment. That led to being named chairmen of the DC General Hospital Board of Directors.
He also served as chairman of his advisory neighborhood Council and as a member of the DC Office of Employee Appeals. He currently is vice president of the Downtown Cluster of Congregations representing St. Matthew's' Cathedral.
He has written numerous articles on urban and environmental affairs, and in 1970 his book Terraced. America's Destruction of Her Living Environment was published by Little, Brown and Company.
Mr. Linton is a native of Detroit, Michigan where he attended public schools and earned a Bachelors degree from Michigan State University in Political Science in 1951.
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