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Anthony Griffin


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Anthony Griffin had a 37-year local government management career, including 20 years as a chief administrative officer. He served three localities in Northern Virginia: Arlington, Falls Church, and Fairfax County. At Fairfax County, he served as County Executive for 11 years and Deputy County Executive for Public Safety and Planning and Development. He served as chair of the Chief Administrative Officers Committee for the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments for 10 years and similarly chaired the UASI funding committee for 8 years. He has participated in police and fire training and has been directly involved in selecting fire and police chiefs. As County Executive, he was also the Director of Emergency Management.

History of Employment

Practitioner in Residence, Center for State and Local Leadership
Department of Public and International Affairs
George Mason University
At-large Board Member
Fairfax County Water Authority
County Executive
Fairfax County, Virginia
Acting County Executive and Deputy County Executive
Fairfax County, Virginia;
City Manager
Falls Church, Virginia
Acting County Manager and Deputy County Manager
Arlington County, Virginia
2nd Lieutenant-Captain
Artillery and Infantry
U.S. Marine Corps
Primary Policy Areas

Board Governance, Budget and Finance, Civic Engagement, Ethics, Government Operations/Innovation, Homeland Security, Infrastructure, Intergovernmental System/Federalism, Intergovernmental Affairs and Coordination, Pensions, Urban Affairs

Primary Sector of Expertise


Primary Functions

City Management, Change Management, County Management, Intergovernmental, Military Service, Organizational Structure/Design/Development, Performance Measurement, Strategic Planning

Management Matters Podcast

Grand Challenge: Protect Electoral Integrity and Enhance Voter Participation

The Role of Counties in Executing Elections with Anthony Griffin

Season: 1 Episode:28 | October 26, 2020

Show Notes:

In this episode, we welcome Anthony Griffin, Former County Executive for Fairfax County, Virginia, and Academy Fellow, to discuss the biggest challenges and accomplishments in Fairfax County during his tenure, tools counties use to counter election interference, and what he will be watching for on election day.

With Anthony Griffin, former County Executive for Fairfax County, Virginia, and Academy Fellow

Topics Include:

  • Tony's path from the Marine Corps to Fairfax County
  • The biggest challenges of leading Fairfax County
  • Organizational realignment and lessons learned from Fairfax County
  • How county executives are viewing election day
  • The logistics of voting and how states are adjusting their logistics to the pandemic
  • The ability of counties to count votes in a high turn-out, mail-in election

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