Mark Schwartz Named Arlington County Manager

Published on January 08, 2016

  • Acting County Manager since July 2015

  • Focusing on economic development, open government, long-range strategic planning

  • 31-year Arlington resident, active in community

The Arlington County Board today announced it has selected Mark Schwartz for its new County Manager. Schwartz has been serving as Acting County Manager since July 1, 2015. He joined Arlington County government in 2005 and also has served as Deputy Chief Financial Officer, Director of Dept. of Management and Finance, and Deputy County Manager.

"Mark is our unanimous choice, and we are very pleased to have him at the helm," said Libby Garvey, chair of the Arlington County Board. "He offers deep experience and knowledge of Arlington, but has demonstrated in the past six months an ability to look at things differently and a willingness to make changes. With Mark, we will have a tried-and-true Manager and a consummate professional able to work with this new Board to shape Arlington's future."

County Board members made their decision to appoint Schwartz following a national search and input from the public. Among the reasons for Schwartz's selection, Board members cited his success in driving the organization in a new direction, including:

And successes over the past six months in important areas, including:

"I am tremendously honored to serve this community that I love so much," said Schwartz. "I look forward to following through with the Board on their key strategic priorities. Arlington is a great community and we can be even better. I am excited that I will be able to continue working with the Board, our talented staff, residents, businesses, and many others in this new role."

The County Board plans to vote to approve the contract at its Regular Meeting on Saturday, Jan. 23, 2016.

About Mark Schwartz

Before joining Arlington County government, Schwartz served 12 years in the U.S. Office of Management and Budget (OMB), Executive Office of the President. He holds a B.A. from Harvard University, and a J.D. from University of Pennsylvania School of Law.

Schwartz has lived in Arlington since 1985, and is a resident of the Ashton Heights neighborhood, where he and his wife Jayme reared two daughters who were educated in Arlington Public Schools. He has been very active in the community, serving with a number of community groups.

Read Schwartz's full biography. Watch a short video introducing Mark Schwartz as Acting County Manager.