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.
Raised in Salem, Martin graduated from Salem High School in 1991. As a scholarship football player under coaches Willis White and Billy Miles, he learned the value of hard work, perseverance and overcoming adversity. He would channel the valuable lessons learned during his upbringing into a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science and Geography from Concord University. He also earned a Master’s degree from Marshall University, where his focus was on urban planning and information systems.
Martin is employed as a Solution Architect with General Electric (GE Digital) in Roanoke. He works with top heavy industrial, chemical, paper, food & beverage, energy and petroleum companies in North America & Europe providing manufacturing asset management software solutions and answers to their complex business challenges. For nearly 20 years, James has provided information technology consultation for local governments, branches of the military and businesses in the private sector striving to become more efficient.
In local government, he has helped clients use technology to address land use, and utility and water resource problems related to economic issues throughout the southeastern United States. His experiences include working directly for the City of Salem, Engineering Department and City of Greensboro Water Resource Department.
James has been involved with several clubs and events in Salem over the years including Salem’s Penguin Club. He is the club’s current Civic & Welfare Committee Chairman and oversees activities such as the Christmas Basket program for families in need and a school supply program to help ensure Salem students have the tools they need to succeed in the classroom.
James and his wife Tanya, a Roanoke County, Deputy Treasurer, reside in Salem with their young son.