Colin Martin

Administrative Services
Title: Town Administrator

About Colin Martin
Colin began service in the position as Town Administrator for the Town of Summerville on April 25, 2016.

Colin Martin is a native of the Black Hills of South Dakota. After graduating from the University of Kansas with a BA degree in English, he began a 25-year career as an officer in the United States Navy, retiring as a Captain in 1996. During his time in the Navy, he served in combat and non-combat roles around the globe.

He commanded a modern warship in deployments across seven oceans from counter-drug operations in the Caribbean Sea to missile defense patrols in the North Arabian Gulf. While serving ashore in the United States he obtained Masters of Arts degrees in Human Behavior Management and in National Security and Strategic Studies.

Following his military service, Mr. Martin served initially as Deputy County Administrator and then as County Administrator of Dorchester County, South Carolina for a period of six years, during which time he graduated from the South Carolina Executive Institute.

Leaving public service in 2004, Mr. Martin held a position as Executive Vice President of one of the largest private developers and homebuilders in South Carolina. In February of 2007 he returned to local government service as the Executive Director of Berkeley County Water & Sanitation (BCWS). During his eight years at BCWS, he earned a statewide reputation for his efforts in making BCWS a continual improvement organization and for his initiatives in the areas of reuse, recycling and renewable energy.

He and his wife, Debbie, lead active lives in Summerville, South Carolina. He is an Elder in Summerville Presbyterian Church and has served on a number of charitable boards including the Dorchester Children's Advocacy Center, Habitat for Humanity, Sculpture in the South, and the Trident Area Agency for the Aging.

He held the position of Vice Chairman for Energy and Environment on the Board of Summerville Chamber of Commerce for six years. He is the Sergeant of Arms in the Summerville Rotary Club. Colin enjoys hiking, bicycling and international travel.


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