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Ron DeLord is recognized as one of the leading police union contract negotiators in Texas; an expert on police unions in US, Canada and Australia; author and lecturer on police union leadership, power, organization, media and political action in all three countries; and historian for various police memorials.

Ron DeLord was elected in 1977 to the first of ten three-year terms as president of the Combined Law Enforcement Associations of Texas (CLEAT), representing 18,000 members. He later served as executive director and special counsel to the executive director at CLEAT from 2008 to 2013. Prior to joining CLEAT, DeLord served as a police officer for the Beaumont (Texas) Police Department from 1969 to 1971 and the Mesquite (Texas) Police Department from 1971 to 1978.

DeLord attended the ten-week Harvard University Trade Union Program, in Boston in 1992. He received a B.S. degree in Government from Lamar University in Beaumont, Texas in 1971; an M.A. degree in Police Science and Administration from Sam Houston State University in Huntsville, Texas in 1982; and a Doctor of Jurisprudence degree from the South Texas College of Law in Houston in 1986. He has been a licensed Texas attorney since 1987.

DeLord is a guest faculty member at the Harvard Trade Union Program and the Police Union Leadership Seminar sponsored by the Labor and Worklife Program at the Harvard Law School. He has also served as a lecturer for the Police Labor-Management Executive Leadership Programs sponsored by the School of Labor and Industrial Relations and School of Criminal Justice at Michigan State University. He conducts seminars and lectures throughout United States, Canada and Australia.

This website includes an archive of Ron DeLord’s published articles. You may also download a Rand Corporation interview of Ron DeLord, large format photo, and Ron DeLord’s bio.