Thanking CXO Martino for 26 Years of Service

Thanking CXO Martino for 26 Years of Service

CXO Chris Martino
A message from Supervisor Boddye:
Chris Martino poured his heart into Prince William County over the last 26 years, first in our finance department, then, as Chief Executive Officer. As he announces his retirement effective Dec. 31, I find myself reflecting on the ways that our community is better because of his devotion and diligence.
This last year, Chris helped shepherd our community through one of its most challenging chapters. Throughout the pandemic, he has prioritized the health and emotional wellbeing of our residents and the County workers who serve them. The decisions he made during these last 19 months literally saved lives, and his thoughtful response to civil unrest mirrored the Board’s commitment to taking a look inward to ensure that Prince William is equitable and inclusive in all of its services and programs. That important work will continue in the months and years ahead.
Working behind the scenes as he so often did, many here will never truly grasp how Chris shaped and improved the quality of life for each of us in Prince William. It has been my honor to witness his dedication firsthand. I extend my heartfelt gratitude to him, and wish him all the best in his well-earned retirement.

Official Announcement from PWC: County Executive Chris Martino announced today that he will retire effective Dec. 31, 2021. Martino has been County Executive since 2016. Prior to that, he served as the Deputy County Executive for General Government, and before that, he was Director of Finance for the county. He has been with Prince William County government for 26 years.

Prince William County is a very special community, a community in which I have lived and raised my family. It has been my distinct privilege to serve in this role, and I am extremely proud of what we have accomplished during my tenure,” said Martino. “This is not an easy decision by any means. I love this organization and the people who work here. However, after close to 40 years of public service, 26 with Prince William County, it is time. I am so grateful to have had the opportunity to be a part of this organization. I am thankful to the staff and the Board of County Supervisors, past and present, for their leadership and support as we have all worked together to accomplish our vision and to make Prince William County a community of choice.”

When asked what Martino is most proud of, he mentioned changing the organization’s culture to empower employees and focus on the Board of County Supervisors goals; aligning the county’s personnel policies, procedures and practices; completing and implementing classification and compensation studies to help with recruitment and retention of county employees; overseeing the creation of Chapter 9.2 and a single combination fire and rescue system; and maintaining the Board’s principles of sound financial management and triple AAA bond rating status, just to name a few. “It is the work of our employees, however, that makes me the most proud,” he said.

“The Board is very grateful for Mr. Martino’s service,” said Ann Wheeler, Chair of the Board of County Supervisors. “He has led this organization through many challenges – a global pandemic, social unrest, changes to the structure of the organization, and much more – and he has done so with passion, determination, and always with the best interest of the community and organization at heart. While this is a loss for the organization, we certainly wish him well and the very best of luck.” 

Martino will continue to serve as County Executive through the end of the calendar year. The Board of County Supervisors will start a national search for a replacement as soon as possible.