Anthony Griffin, county executive for the past 12 years for Fairfax County, announced on last week that he will retire in April 2012.
Griffin has worked for Fairfax County for 23 years. The county's board of supervisors will choose the next county executive and could begin the search, with help from an executive search firm, as early as January.
In a statement released by the county, Griffin said, "I enter the next phase of my life with mixed emotions. I am excited but uncertain about my future, and I will miss continuing in my current capacity. Fairfax County is a great community and a great organization."
"I have enjoyed the relationships developed over my 23 years with the county, working for the Board of Supervisors and the various boards, commissions and authorities, and most of all, the fine employees that make the county work and who are a model for other municipal organizations,' Griffin continued.
Griffin said the county has a culture of excellence and it will continue to propser. He also expressed thanks for those that have supported him throughout his career.