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County Executive

Melissa S. Peacor has worked for Prince William County since 1985 following jobs with the Seattle, Wash., Economic Development Office and the City of Glendale, Ariz., Strategic Planning Office.

Peacor started her career in Prince William with the Planning Office and quickly became the County’s first Strategic Planning Coordinator, overseeing the County’s first Future Report 2010 and implementing the County’s first citizen-based strategic planning process.  Since then, the County has adopted Future Vision 2030 and is currently implementing its fifth Strategic Plan, the 2008-2012 Plan.

Peacor became the County’s Budget Director in 1997, and in 1999, she was promoted to Assistant County Executive; that title changed to Deputy County Executive in 2009. During her time as Budget Director and Deputy County Executive, Peacor has been at the forefront of innovations including:

  • In the area of greater accountability and transparency, implementing performance measurements for all County agencies, implementing the annual citizen survey, introducing activity-based and activity-costed budgets and overseeing the development of 12 balanced annual budgets, five-year Budget Plans and six-year Capital Improvement Plans. 

  • As the County’s liaison to the Prince William County Schools, working on issues of concern to both the County and the Schools, and helping to develop the current County/School revenue agreement.

  • In financial management and Economic Development, serving on the team that earned the County’s first AAA bond rating, and serving on the team that has brought targeted industries and jobs to Prince William. 

  • In public safety, working to establish the County’s first Drug Court initiative and intensive juvenile probation, supporting the Board with analysis during the efforts to address illegal immigration, managing the County’s recent COOP and COG effort, and serving as the Deputy Emergency Management Director.

  • In organizational development, managing the process to develop the County’s new performance management system, implementing the first and ongoing organizational survey, overseeing the establishment of Prince William University and the Continuous Quality Improvement Process.

  • In recent efforts, managing the Office of Information Technology, including implementing stronger internal controls and conducting a zero-based budget exercise that has identified $7 million in savings in the six-year Technology Plan and ongoing savings in the operating budget.

Peacor has a Bachelor’s Degree Magna Cum Laude and a Masters in Public Administration from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. She and her husband Grant have lived in Prince William for many years. They have one son who was educated in County schools and is now working on his PhD at the University of ​North Carolina-Chapel Hill. She is the daughter of Sheldon and Joan Smith, whom she credits with giving her the skills and abilities to be successful in life and​ teaching her the importance of public service.

Office of Executive Management
James J. McCoart Administration Building
1 County Complex Court
Prince William, Virginia 22192
Phone: 703-792-6600


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