Walter Martin

Walter Martin, Jr.

Walter Anthony Martin Jr.

(Town Commissioner – Police)

Term Expires December 2023



  • 1979 Graduated from Princeton High School
  • 1985 Graduated from Johnston Community College –The Basic Law Enforcement Training Program
  • 2001 – Awarded the Advanced Law Enforcement Certification


Professional Background

Commissioner Martin is a Private Investigator and is owner of Truth Investigations of Princeton. He is a retired law enforcement officer, having served as a Patrol Officer, Detective, Detective Sergeant, Patrol Sergeant, Master Officer, Detective Lieutenant and Patrol Lieutenant.


Political Background

Commissioner Martin ran for the Sheriff of Johnston County in 1990. In 1999 he was elected Commissioner for the Town of Princeton. He was the first minority elected to serve as Mayor Pro Tem. Commissioner Martin is serving his twentieth year as commissioner. He was a candidate for Congress 7th District in 2014. 


Statement of Beliefs

There are people, who have been entrusted with great power and authority and must use them wisely. There is no greater honor than to have a people say to you that they trust you to protect the very way of life that they expect and deserve. I haven’t nor do I intend to ever annul that trust through dishonest acts. The best that I, or anyone that follows me,  can do is to study the issues and use the wisdom that God gave us to make sound decisions. I am not a politician, but a servant of the people. In my opinion, it doesn’t take long to see what the difference in the two is. It is our job to ensure that the Town of Princeton provides the best service to its citizens as can be given, bearing in mind that services do cost money. It is my goal to build a stable infrastructure in all service related areas of the town. When a town recruits and maintains quality personnel who are committed to providing quality service to the citizens, the town will flourish. A city or town can only be as good as they see themselves in their minds. If you believe that you are a small town that can accomplish little, most likely you will reach your goal. If you shoot for the stars, you may not hit a star, but there surely will be sufficient bullets fired to keep the vultures from landing on what otherwise would die.


Personal Background

Commissioner Martin is married to Michelle Walls Martin of Princeton. They have one son named Anthony, currently attending Kingdom Builders Fellowship International in Garner NC.  Commissioner Martin is a member of the Princeton School Advisory Board and member of the Johnston Community College Small Business Center Advisory Board and the Princeton Area Ministerial Alliance. He is a past member of the Boy Scouts of America serving as Scout Leader.