Councilman James Martin was elected to City Council in May of 2016 and was officially sworn-in on July 1, 2016 by Clerk of Court Chance Crawford.
Martin is a Senior Solution Architect with the General Electric Company (GE) subsidiary GE Digital providing industrial software for global chemical manufacturing companies in North America and Europe.
Graduating from Salem High School in 1991, James earned a football scholarship with Concord University in Athens, WV where he earned a Double-Major Bachelor’s degree in Political Science and Geographic Information Systems. He then achieved a Master’s degree from Marshall University in Huntington, WV focusing on Urban Planning and Information Systems.
For over 20 years, James has provided information technology solutions for local governments, branches of the military and businesses in the private sector striving to become more efficient in their work. He has helped clients address land use, utility and water resource issues throughout the southeastern United States with technology.
James serves on the following Boards, Committees and Commissions: City of Salem Audit-Finance Appropriations Committee, Roanoke Valley-Allegheny Regional Planning Commission (RVARC), Roanoke Valley Transportation Planning Organization (RVTPO) Board and Salem Education Foundation & Alumni Association (SEFAA) Board.
He is a member of Salem’s Penguin Club serving as Civic & Welfare Committee Chairman overseeing activities such as their annual Christmas Basket & School Supply Programs and helps coach his son’s youth football team.
James and his wife Tanya, a Roanoke County, Deputy Treasurer, reside in Salem with their young son.
Contact James Martin at firstname.lastname@example.org