Thank you for taking the time to visit our county government website and this page. My objective as County Administrator is to lead the County in a manner that will reflect our duty to the citizens of Washington County with regard to operational efficiency, fiscal responsibility, and responsiveness to the needs of the community. To use this vision and to ably assist the Board of County Commissioners of Washington County, Maryland in achieving goals for moving the County forward as we address present needs and plan for the future.
This cannot be accomplished without the help and participation of the community in which we serve. That means people like you. I welcome ideas, suggestions and/or questions you might have about this site of any other aspect of Washington County Government.
I am confident that working together, we can make a positive difference for Washington County.
Sincerely, Gregory B. Murray
Gregory B. Murray was appointed County Administrator February 27, 2007 after ten years as the Director of the County’s Department of Water Quality, and 25 years of service to local government. Greg now has 35 years of public administration service and leadership to rely on in his role as County Administrator, giving him an extensive knowledge of the County’s infrastructure needs, planning and regulatory issues. His management and public administration experience spans budgeting and budget management, strategic planning, personnel management, organizational efficiency, facility management and design, regulatory compliance, project management, system and program evaluation, training, computer system and technology implementation, and governmental operations, including prior service with municipal government as Director or Public Works.
Greg graduated from Heritage Academy, an academically oriented preparatory school, attended Hagerstown Junior College and then graduated with summa cum laude honors upon completion of his Bachelor of Business Administration degree. He is also currently involved in the Master of Public Administration program of the University of Baltimore.
He is a member of the American Society of Public Administration, American Public Works Association, County Engineers Association of Maryland, American Water Works Association, and the Water Environment Federation as well as numerous advisory boards and commissions. Greg also holds several top environmental licenses for management of public utilities and was appointed by Governor Robert Ehrlich to the original Chesapeake Bay Restoration Fund Advisory Committee. He was subsequently reappointed to chair the committee by Governor Martin O’Malley and currently serves in that capacity under the Hogan administration. He has worked closely with the Environmental Protection Agency, the Maryland Department of the Environment, as well as other strategies to help guide policy decisions that improve the quality of available resources in the State.
In 2006, Greg was selected by the Ministry of Personnel of the Peoples Republic of China along with the State Administration of Foreign Experts Affairs to represent Washington County and the environmental community as an international expert for exchange of technologies and ideas with the public and private sectors in Shandong Province, Peoples Republic of China, and has twice traveled to serve in that capacity. He has also facilitated a major redevelopment effort involving foreign investment for a US Army base closed under the BRAC, and has traveled to South Korea and Hong Kong to secure the partnerships necessary for this to occur.
Another major redevelopment effort he has driven in Hagerstown Maryland’s City Center is the $37 million Urban Improvement Project. This involves a public/private partnership including 4 government agencies, the Maryland Theatre, the University System of Maryland, and private developers.
A native of Washington County, Greg currently resides with his family in the Smithsburg area.