Anthony H. Griffin

Anthony Hamil "Tony" Griffin (b. March 15, 1947) was the County Executive for Fairfax County from 2000 to 2012.

Early life and education

Griffin was born in Washington, D.C., and moved with his family to Arlington when he was a year old.[1] He attended Yorktown High School, graduating in 1968.[2]

Griffin earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in History from Hobart College. Later, Griffin would earn two master's degrees, Urban and Regional Planning and Urban Affairs with a concentration in Urban Management, both from Virginia Tech University.


After graduating from Hobart, Griffin worked on the campaign of Hubert Humphrey, and next became a Marine officer, serving in Vietnam.[3]

Upon leaving the Marines in 1975, Griffin joined the Arlington County government, where he rose to become adminstrative assistant to County Manager W. Vernon Ford.

Following the firing of Ford, Griffin was appointed acting County Manager in August 1981.[4]

In 1983, Griffin became City Manager for the City of Falls Church.[2]

After six years in Falls Church, Griffin joined the Fairfax County Government in 1989 as Deputy County Executive for Planning and Development.

Griffin was appointed County Executive on January 15, 2000.[1]

On November 10, 2011, Griffin announced his intent to retire in April, 2012.[5]


  1. 1.0 1.1 Bowman, Bobbi. "5 Things to Know About Fairfax County Executive." McLean Patch., 7 June 2011. Web. 21 May 2014.
  2. 2.0 2.1 Hodge, Paul. "Arlington Official to Become Falls Church City Manager." The Washington Post (1974-Current file): 1. Aug 25 1983. ProQuest. Web. 21 May 2014.
  3. Kunkle, Fredrick. "Tony Griffin, Fairfax County’s Man behind the Government, Set to Retire." Washington Post. The Washington Post, 23 Apr. 2012. Web. 21 May 2014.
  4. House, Toni. "A Steady Steward in an Interim Job." The Washington Post (1974-Current file): 2. Apr 14 1982. ProQuest. Web. 21 May 2014.
  5. "County Executive Anthony Griffin to Retire." Homepage - Fairfax County, Virginia. Fairfax County, 10 Nov. 2011. Web. 14 Feb. 2012.

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Preceded by
Robert J. O'Neill, Jr.
Fairfax County Executive
2000 - 2012
Succeeded by
Edward L. Long, Jr.