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COG Board Selects David Robertson as Executive Director After Nationwide Search

The Board of Directors of the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments (COG) yesterday selected David J. Robertson, a COG senior manager and its interim executive director, as the organization's executive director after an extensive nationwide search. The Board voted unanimously to name Robertson to the position.

Over the last year and a half, Robertson has served as the project director responsible for COG's homeland security and emergency preparedness planning efforts.  Working in concert with the Board Task Force on Homeland Security, Robertson organized and guided the planning process that led to the adoption of the Regional Emergency Coordination Plan (RECP) last fall.  He was appointed interim executive director in early January.

"The Board looks forward to working hand in hand with Dave Robertson as we continue the critical work COG has done for the National Capital Region," said Board Chair Mary K. Hill, a member of the Prince William Board of County Supervisors.  "He has been a leader on COG's homeland security initiative and we welcome his counsel as we use the RECP and expand the expert planning services COG offers to the region.

"It is gratifying to name him to lead COG's staff after years of observing the fine work he has done for the Board and the region on a wide range of issues," Chair Hill added.

Several COG Board members credited Robertson with internal leadership at COG and said his expertise will be a great asset to the Board.  "The homeland security effort was the product of a board that's energetic and fully engaged in work that will benefit citizens of this region," said Board member Bruce Williams, Mayor Pro-Tem of Takoma Park, MD. "We won't want to simply maintain the status quo and we're confident of Dave's mastery of the many important issues that come to us as well as his leadership skills."

Before his appointment as interim executive director, Robertson served as Director of COG's Department of Human Services, Planning and Public Safety, where he was responsible for a wide range of public policy issues, including affordable housing, health and forecasting the growth of the region's population and its economy.  He also was responsible for fostering partnerships with area businesses, and non-profit and philanthropic organizations.  During his 16 years at COG, Robertson has held several technical and management positions.

Robertson received a Master of Urban Planning degree from George Washington University, and also holds a Bachelor's degree from Wayne State University in Detroit, Michigan.  Prior to coming to COG, he worked for the National Association of Home Builders and U.S. Representative David Bonior of Michigan.

"Leading the organization to which I've devoted much of my career will be exciting and challenging," Robertson said.  "I look forward to building upon COG's fine record in order to serve our citizens and the interests of this great region."

COG is the association of 18 local governments working together for a better metropolitan region.  It addresses issues such as the environment, transportation, affordable housing and economic development.

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Release Date: Apr 10, 2003
Contact: Jeanne Saddler
Phone: 202-962-3250

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