Acting Director Appointed for the Fairfax County Department of Cable
Fairfax County Office of Public
12000 Government Center Parkway, Suite 551
Fairfax, VA 22035-0065
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May 11, 2004
Acting Director Appointed for the Fairfax County Department of Cable Communications and Consumer Protection
Fairfax County Executive Anthony H. Griffin has appointed Gail Eskew as acting director of the Fairfax County Department of Cable Communications and Consumer Protection. A 20-year veteran of the department, she succeeds Ron Mallard, who will be retiring from the county on Friday, May 14.
Eskew is currently director of the Communications Productions Division of the Department of Cable Communications and Consumer Protection where she oversees the development of communications products to meet the needs of citizens, elected officials and county government through technology, primarily cable television programs on the county government cable Channel 16 and multi-media initiatives. She supervises a staff of 34 and manages a $2.8 million budget. She developed the cable TV station from the ground up, designing all staff positions and audio-visual needs for the county and initiated Channel 16 programming as well as developed the internal cable training channel for the development of Fairfax County government employees. From 1983 to 1989, she held a position as management analyst with the Department of Consumer Affairs where among her duties was handling consumer complaints.
Previously, Eskew served as a project director and associate producer/writer for two PBS television series; a freelance producer and writer of instructional training and motivational videotapes and workbooks; and reporter/host of the St. Petersburg Times Cable TV, the first all-news local cable channel in the country.
Eskew has led Channel 16 to a national reputation of excellence. Since its creation, Channel 16 has won over 150 awards for government programming, including 13 prestigious Cable Ace Awards – the “Oscar” of the cable television industry – and is a two-time winner of the Best Government Access Cable Station in the U.S. award from the Alliance for Community Media.
A graduate of the University of South Florida, she received a bachelor’s degree in communications and completed graduate courses in telecommunications policy towards a master’s degree from The George Washington University. Eskew is also a graduate of the Leadership Fairfax program, class of 1998.
As acting director, Eskew will direct the Department of Cable Communications and Consumer Protection, to include the Consumer Protection Division, Communications Policy and Regulation Division, Cable Communications Production Division and Document Services.
A nationwide search is underway with a goal for an appointment of a new director this summer.
Eskew’s appointment is effective Saturday, May
15, 2004, and her salary will be $105,438 a year.