William John Long Sr., 55, MVA deputy administrator

September 09, 2004

William John Long Sr., the retired chief deputy administrator of the Maryland Motor Vehicle Administration, died Monday of complications from multiple sclerosis, diabetes and cancer at his Perry Hall home. He was 55.

Born in Baltimore and raised in Northwood, he was a 1966 City College graduate and earned a business administration degree at the University of Baltimore.

Mr. Long started his career with the Motor Vehicle Administration in 1971 at Glen Burnie. He worked in its vehicle registration division and sold license plates, and headed a data communications system and a vehicle emissions inspection program. From 1981 to 1986, he headed the departmental services division, which was composed of human resources, fiscal affairs and auditing.

From 1988 to 1991, he managed contracts for the Mass Transit Administration, where he received an Employee Excellence Award. He was also named the 1985 MVA Outstanding Administrator.

In 1991, he was the MVA associate administrator for management services, and when he retired last year, he held the agency's second-highest position, chief deputy administrator.

"At 11 years, he had the longest tenure as chief deputy administrator and oversaw the evolution of the agency," said John T. Kuo, the current chief deputy administrator. "He saw the organization change from a pen and paper organization to an automated one."

He enjoyed golf, hunting and duckpin bowling. He also liked spending time with his two retrievers.

Services will be held at 10 a.m. tomorrow at St. Michael's Lutheran Church, 9534 Belair Road, Perry Hall, where he was a member.

Survivors include his wife of 33 years, the former Susan Earl; a son, William John Long Jr., a daughter, Amanda Nicole Long, and his parents, William and Miriam Long, all of Perry Hall; and a brother, Donald R. Long of Charlotte, N.C.

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