Francis X. O’Leary, Arlington County Treasurer, announced that he will retire on July 7th after 30 years in office. O’Leary was first elected in 1984 and has been re-elected without a challenger for the last two elections. He had planned to remain in office until February 2015 in an attempt to claim the title of longest-serving elected official in the county – surpassing Harry K. Green, Commissioner of Revenue from 1923 to 1951, and David Bell, Clerk of Courts from 1977 to 2007. However, he decided that his contributions were more important than his time in office.
According to The Washington Post, O’Leary accomplished several important strides while in office. O’Leary is credited for lowering Arlington’s tax delinquency from over 9 percent to less than 1 percent. He is responsible for making sure that Virginia’s accounts are properly balanced each and every day. O’Leary is also responsible for helping Arlington achieve the highest rate of return in Northern Virginia and turning a once inefficient and unprofessional office into a well-oiled machine that receives a lot of praise from local citizens.