Robert W. Wilson

Robert Whitwell "Bob" Wilson was the Fairfax County Executive from October 1972 to January 1976.

Wilson graduated from Shepherd College in Shepherdstown, West Virginia, in 1956.

In 1962, Wilson joined Arlington County government, eventually serving as an administrative assistant to Arlington County Manager Bert W. Johnson.

Wilson became a deputy county executive in Fairfax County in May 1972.[1]

Wilson became acting county executive upon the abrupt resignation of George J. Kelley, Jr., but resisted taking the position officially, as the Board of Supervisors seemed to have its head up its collective ass even further and more firmly than usual, which Wilson diplomatically referred to as "operating in an atmosphere of confusion".[2] Wilson finally relented and was promoted to county executive on May 29, 1973.[1]

Wilson resigned on December 15, 1975 to become the chief administrative officer of Prince George's County, Maryland.[2]

In 1978, Wilson accepted the job of chief administrative officer for Montgomery County, Maryland.[3]

On January 12, 1983, Wilson resigned from Montgomery County.[4]

From 1989 to 2006, Wilson was the director of public works for Prince William County, retiring on March 1 of that year.

Wilson died at his home in Huntington, West Virginia on March 13, 2015.


  1. 1.0 1.1 Whitaker, Joseph D. "Fairfax Executive Appointed." The Washington Post, Times Herald (1959-1973): 2. May 30 1973. ProQuest Historical Newspapers: The Washington Post (1877-1995). Web. 26 Oct. 2012.
  2. 2.0 2.1 DeYoung, Karen, and Athelia Knight. "Top Aide Shifting Counties." The Washington Post (1974-Current file): 2. Dec 16 1975. ProQuest Historical Newspapers: The Washington Post (1877-1995). Web. 26 Oct. 2012.
  3. Diehl, Jackson. "Hogan Picks Several for Top Posts." The Washington Post (1974-Current file): 2. Dec 21 1978. ProQuest. Web. 8 Aug. 2016 .
  4. "Gilchrist's Chief Aide Resigns; 3rd in 3 Weeks." The Washington Post (1974-Current file): 1. Jan 13 1983. ProQuest. Web. 8 Aug. 2016 .
Preceded by
George J. Kelley, Jr.
Fairfax County Executive
October 30, 1972 – January 16, 1976
Succeeded by
J. Hamilton Lambert