Martha Ogden Haynie retired in January 2017 at the end of her seventh term as the Orange County (Florida) Comptroller. In Orange County, the Comptroller is an independent, constitutional officer who answers directly to the citizens. The Comptroller serves a four-year term and is not term-limited.
A 1973 accounting honors graduate from the University of West Florida, Haynie worked at Walt Disney World, Ernst and Young CPA, her own accounting practice and as Finance Director of the Florida Symphony Orchestra before being elected as the Orange County Comptroller in November 1988. She is a Florida CPA.
The Comptroller is the county’s chief financial officer, recorder, auditor and clerk to the board of county commissioners. As such, Haynie was responsible for administering the county’s budget (more than $3 billion in 2016) and all financial reporting, including the county’s Comprehensive Annual Financial Report, recording and maintaining the county’s Official Records, creating and maintaining all actions of the board of county commissioners, and auditing all activities under the county mayor as well as all county constitutional officers.
Haynie established improving citizens’ trust in local government as her top priority. Using her experience in the public, private and non-profit sectors, she emphasized providing quality service and consistent accountability. By presenting audit reports directly to citizens through public presentations and the media, Haynie emphasized her watchdog role and the value of her independence as an elected official who answers to the public, not to other County officers.
In 1998 the Florida Institute of CPAs presented Haynie with the Outstanding CPA in Government award. Haynie’s public engagement helped facilitate the passage of the Orange County Domestic Partner Registry in 2012, earning her Equality Florida’s “Voice for Equality” award. In 2013, the Orlando Business Journal (OBJ) named Haynie Executive of the Year as they recognized the top CFOs, CIOs, and COOs in the Central Florida business community. In 2014 Haynie was presented with the Champion of Equality Award at the Harvey Milk Diversity Breakfast, and in 2016 she was presented with the Central Florida Housing and Lodging Association 2015 Public Servant of the Year Award, as well as the Orlando Business Journal Women Who Mean Business Legacy award.
Haynie has participated as a board member for several community organizations, including the Women’s Resource Center, the Mental Health Association of Central Florida,and the Parkinson’s Association of Central Florida. She was president of Planned Parenthood of Greater Orlando, and after PPGO’s merger with two affiliates, served as a vice president of Planned Parenthood of Southwest and Central Florida. from 2015 to 2017. Haynie has served on the Rollins’ Holt School Board of Advisors since 1992, including two terms as board chair.
Since retirement she has joined the boards of the Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra and the Tiger Bay Club of Central Florida.
Martha Haynie is married and has two grown sons and two grandchildren.