The Fairfax County Board of Supervisors today appointed Bryan Hill as county executive, effective Jan. 2, 2018. Hill is currently the James City County, Va., administrator and clerk to its Board of Supervisors. He replaces Edward L. Long, who retired in September. Kirk Kincannon is currently serving as acting county executive.
“The Fairfax County Board of Supervisors is pleased to welcome Bryan Hill to Team Fairfax,” says Board of Supervisors Chairman Sharon Bulova. “Bryan brings impressive leadership, management, communications and budget experience to the table, and we look forward to working alongside him. Fairfax County is on a great track, and we are confident Bryan will continue to build upon a foundation of excellence for both our workforce and county residents.”
Hill has been with James City County since 2014, and he previously spent seven years with Beaufort County, S.C. as deputy county administrator.
At James City County, Hill is responsible for oversight of staff, major infrastructure projects, economic development, transportation initiatives and the development and implementation of the county’s first strategic plan. He recently led the realignment of the county’s debt portfolio, which resulted in AAA ratings from each of the three major bond rating agencies.
“Bryan was an asset to our county and we are very proud of his outstanding accomplishments,” says Kevin Onizuk, chairman of the James City County Board of Supervisors. “I am confident his hard charging leadership, finance and budget expertise and forward thinking will build upon Fairfax County’s already excellent foundation. We will certainly miss Bryan’s teamwork, outstanding personal integrity and strong character. Fairfax is lucky to have him and we wish him great success for years to come in his new position.”
Hill also has served as the vice chancellor for finance and operations at the University of South Carolina's Beaufort/Bluffton Campus, and as the director of finance for the University of Maryland’s Office of Information and Technology as well as director of administration for the Department of Aerospace Engineering.
“Selecting a county executive is the most important hire the Board of Supervisors undertakes,” says Board Vice Chairman Penny Gross. “Working with a consultant, the board reviewed dozens of applications, selected several talented candidates for interviews and fully participated in the lengthy selection process. As Personnel Chair, I especially look forward to working with Bryan Hill on issues of importance to our county workforce.”
Hill is the recipient of an award for academic excellence from the American Association of Budget and Program Analysts, and while at the University of Maryland, he earned the A. James Clark School of Engineering Staff Award and a commendation from the Department of Aerospace Engineering at its 50th anniversary celebration.
He has a bachelor’s degree in public administration from Alfred University and a master’s degree in public administration from the University of Southern California. Hill will receive an annual salary of $250,000.
Bulova also applauded Kincannon for his work. “I would like to thank our acting county executive for his fantastic work and support over the past few months while the Board of Supervisors and Human Resources Department underwent the county executive search and hiring process,” she says.