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Background Information

Employment History




Montgomery County Archives


Washington Suburban Transit Commission


County Executive


law degree

Georgetown University

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February 2003 [cached]

Visit the works of Glen Chilcutt, Jim Gleason, Janene Grende, and Connie Tveten.

Jim Gleason of Goldendale, WA has not always been an artist.From a professional career in baseball to a County Sheriff, Jim is a man of many talents.Jim's style of painting has been developed by what he calls "trial and error".With no formal training, Jim's talents have been self-taught.His inspiration for his works comes from Jim's passion of the great outdoors.

Montgomery County Archives: Guide to the Printed Material of Record Group 10 - Community Development and Housing [cached]

Established by County Executive James Gleason in November 1976 to assist in assessing the status of economic development in Montgomery County, the Economic Development Advisory Board closely examined the County's economy, governmental operations, and potential for continued economic development.

Montgomery County Archives: Guide to the Records of the County Executive [cached]

In 1970, Montgomery County voters elected James P. Gleason as their first County Executive.

Although a few subject files from the County Manager's office were carried over when the structure of the County government was revised in 1970, most of the records in this record title were generated or received primarily during the tenure of the first two Montgomery County Executives, James P. Gleason and Charles W. Gilchrist, who served from December 1970 to December 1986.
Series I: James P. Gleason
Series I: James P. Gleason, 1968-1979 (6 cu.ft.)
James P. Gleason was born in 1921 and received a law degree from Georgetown University in 1950. He served as a legislative assistant to Senator Richard Nixon, administrative assistant to Senator Knowland, consultant to the Senate Foreign Relations Committee and the U.S. Department of Transportation, Assistant Administrator of the National Aeronautic and Space Administration, and as a member of many other task forces and committees. He was also chairman of both the Washington Suburban Transit Commission and the Washington Metropolitan Transit Authority. In 1968, he was appointed to the Montgomery County Council, and in 1970, Gleason, a Republican, was elected as the first Montgomery County Executive in an overwhelmingly Democratic district.
Gleason's tenure was marked by an extensive reorganization of County government in 1972 and by conflicts with the County Council and County citizens. Loath to compromise, he threatened to withhold Montgomery County funds from Metrorail, which he had help plan and avidly supported, unless it promised to build two lines into the County. He refused to play party politics, and instead appointed department heads and staff with an even-handedness based on merit. In 1978, despite assured reelection, he announced his retirement from politics to pursue a writing career.
This series contains records pertaining to appointments of citizens to advisory committees, boards, and commissions made by County Executives James Gleason and Charles Gilchrist.
Series I: James P. Gleason

Montgomery County Archives: Guide to the Records of the County Attorney [cached]

The first County Executive, James P. Gleason, was elected in 1970, and appointed Richard McKernon as County Attorney.

They consist of the subject files of County Attorney Richard McKernon, who was appointed by County Executive James P. Gleason in 1971 under the revised County charter.

Montgomery County Archives: Guide to the Records of the Chief Administrative Officer [cached]

In 1970, Montgomery County voters elected James P. Gleason as their first County Executive.

The bulk of this series is composed of inter-governmental memoranda and correspondence to and from the Chief Administrative Officers, particularly Elisha Freeman, and includes correspondence to and from County Executive James P. Gleason and the Deputy CAOs.
The records document the establishment of the Economic Advisory Board by County Executive James Gleason in October 1976, and the process of producing A Grateful Remembrance , a history of Montgomery County written by Richard K. MacMaster and Ray Eldon Hiebert for the Bicentennial Celebration of 1976.

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