County Executive Selected for National Award


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Feb. 21, 2003

 

County Executive Selected for National Award

Fairfax County Executive Anthony H. Griffin has been named the 2003 “Stone Practitioner Award” winner by the Section on Intergovernmental Administration and Management (SIAM) of the American Society for Public Administration (ASPA), which seeks to promote and encourage the study, understanding and improvement of the intergovernmental system, its infrastructure and related cooperative and coordinative efforts of all levels of government and the private sector.

The award will be presented at the SIAM annual membership meeting in Washington, D.C. on Monday, March 17, at 4:30 p.m. It is given based on significant continuous contributions to the field of intergovernmental management over a substantial period of time and contributions that have made an impact as a whole rather than on a specific organization, institution or function.

SIAM Chair Jim Svara says the awards committee was impressed with Griffin’s “commitment to improve intergovernmental cooperation, which has been a constant theme and interest of his career.”

The Northern Virginia chapter of ASPA nominated Griffin for the award and cited numerous examples of his leadership in improving intergovernmental cooperation. These included his roles in coordinating immediate and long term regional responses to the Sept. 11 terrorist attack on the Pentagon, the anthrax incidents in 2001 and the regional sniper attacks in October 2002.

Griffin also serves as chair of the Chief Administrative Officers Committee of the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments and led an initiative with the Northern Virginia Regional Commission to develop an emergency preparedness guide for citizens of Northern Virginia. He has also chaired the staff committee which drafted and implemented the Chesapeake Bay Preservation Ordinance, chaired the finance committee of a regional effort to bring rail transportation to Dulles Airport and led a multi-year process leading to the transfer of the former Lorton Correctional Facility property to Fairfax County that involved working with numerous governmental agencies, including the U.S. General Accounting Office and the District of Columbia government.

Griffin has served as Fairfax County Executive since being appointed by the Board of Supervisors on Jan. 15, 2000. He leads the commonwealth’s largest general purpose local government with annual general fund disbursements of $2.5 billion and more than 11,000 employees. During his 27 years of service in Northern Virginia, he held various positions with the Arlington County government, including deputy county manager and acting county manager, and was manager of the city of Falls Church for six years before joining Fairfax County in 1989 as deputy county executive for Planning and Development. He is also a veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps.

A graduate of Hobart College in Geneva, N.Y., Griffin holds a master’s degree in urban and regional planning and a master’s degree in urban affairs with a concentration in urban management, both from Virginia Tech (Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University).

SIAM created the Stone award in 1980, and it was first awarded in 1981. The award is named in honor of Donald C. Stone (1903-1995), a founder of both the International City/County Management Association and the American Public Works Association.

 


 

 

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