Fairfax County Government Recognized for Good Work in 2003


Fairfax County Office of Public Affairs
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Fairfax, VA 22035-0065
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Jan. 14, 2004

Fairfax County Government Recognized for Good Work in 2003

During 2003, more than 60 awards and recognitions were bestowed on Fairfax County government agencies and employees, confirming that this continues to be one of the best managed municipal governments in the country. "Agencies and employees have worked hard this past year, often with fewer resources than ever before," said Fairfax County Executive Anthony H. Griffin. "It’s nice to have our efforts recognized."

Some of the awards and recognitions received in 2003 are as follows:

County leadership was recognized for outstanding performance:

  • County Executive Anthony H. Griffin received the 2003 Stone Practitioner Award from the Section on Intergovernmental Administration and Management of the American Society for Public Administration.
  • Chief Financial Officer Ed Long was selected by the Government Finance Officers Association to serve a three-year term on their standing committee on Governmental Budgeting and Management, beginning January 2003.
  • Chief Information Officer David J. Molchany was one of four state or local government officials to receive a 2003 Federal 100 Award.
  • Molchany and Department of Information Technology Director Wanda Gibson were among 11 individuals to receive Governing Magazine’s Public Official of the Year Award.

Five associations selected county programs for recognition. The National Association of Counties (NACo), National Association of Government Communicators (NAGC), Virginia Association of Counties (VACo), International City/County Management Association (ICMA) and National Association of County Information Officers (NACIO) presented a combined total of 28 awards and recognitions to county agencies for exemplary programs. Some of these are:

  • NACo Acts of Caring Awards were given to the Volunteer Interpreter Program in the Juvenile and Domestic Relations Court and to Project SUCCESS in the Department of Community and Recreation Services. Project SUCCESS also received a NACo Youth Services Award for engaging young people in community service.
  • NACo Counties Care for Kids Award was given to the Department of Family Services’ Healthy Families Fairfax program.
  • NACo Achievement Award and Best of Category Award was presented to the Park Authority for its program titled Fitlinxx: A Virtual Training Partner.
  • The Office of Public Affairs received a Second Place Award in the NAGC Crisis Communication Campaign Award category.
  • VACo Achievement Award recognized the county program Using Technology to Enhance Government Services.
  • The Laurel Hill Razor Wire Cutting ceremony received one of seven VACo Honorable Mention Awards.
  • ICMA Annual Award was given for Child Care Central, a collaborative project of the Department of Information Technology and the Department of Family Services.
  • NACIO Awards of Excellence were presented to the Park Authority for the Park Foundation Annual Report, to the Office of Public Affairs for NewsLink and to the Reston Community Center for its multicultural festival.

Other county programs received accolades, including:

  • FAIRFAX CONNECTOR was selected by Metro Magazine as one of the 10 Most Improved Transit Systems in the country.
  • The International Festivals and Events Association presented a bronze Pinnacle Award to Celebrate Fairfax! for the best community outreach program.
  • The Association of Metropolitan Sewerage Agencies selected the Noman M. Cole Jr. Pollution Control Plant to receive the prestigious Platinum Peak Performance Award for outstanding accomplishments in wastewater treatment and environmental protection of water quality in the county.
  • The Center for Digital Government named the Fairfax County Web site one of the best government sites in the country and gave the county's Geographic Information Systems program a Best of Breed Award.
  • Leadership Fairfax Inc. presented the Community Partnership Award to Healthy Families Fairfax, a partnership of five organizations committed to providing services to first-time parents who are designated high-risk.
  • The Juvenile and Domestic Relations Court's Volunteer Interpreter Program received the governor's Community Service and Volunteerism Award.

The complete list of awards and recognitions received by Fairfax County government agencies and employees may be seen online at www.fairfaxcounty.gov/OPA.

For more information, call the Office of Public Affairs at 703-324-3187, TTY 703-324-2935.

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