County Presents Onthank Award - County's Highest Honor
Fairfax County Office of Public
12000 Government Center Parkway, Suite 551
Fairfax, VA 22035-0065
703-324-3187, TTY 703-324-2935, FAX 703-324-2010
June 21, 2004
County Presents Onthank Award - County's Highest Honor - to Top Employees
Ten employees have been selected to receive the Onthank Award, the highest honor Fairfax County bestows on its employees. Seven are from the county and three are from the school system. The awards were presented at today’s regularly scheduled morning meeting of the Board of Supervisors.
The county awardees are:
• Thomas P. Biesiadny, transportation planner IV, Department of Transportation
• John J. Caussin, battalion chief, Fire & Rescue Department
• Donald T. Lacquement, engineer III, Department of Public Works & Environmental Services
• Andrea Lomrantz, management analyst II, Office of Partnerships
• Kenneth M. Pedigo, sergeant, Police Department
• Jeffrey M. Smithberger, engineer IV, Department of Public Works & Environmental Services
• Boyd F. Thompson, second lieutenant, Police Department
The school awardees are:
• John Coleman, safety & security assistant, South Lakes High School
• Maria Demarest, office assistant, Bailey’s Elementary School
• William T. Young, building supervisor IV, Herndon High School
The Onthank Award was established by the Board of Supervisors in 1966 to honor the memory of Colonel A. Heath Onthank (Ret.), the first chairman of the Fairfax County Civil Service Commission (1957-1962) and guiding force of the county’s career merit system.
The purpose of the Onthank Award is to grant recognition for accomplishments of outstanding worth in advancing and improving public service in the Fairfax County Government and School System by an individual county employee. No more than ten awards may be given each year.
Eligibility for the Onthank Award is open to merit system employees of the county government, and contracted unified salary scale and food service employees of the Fairfax County Public Schools. School teachers and instructional assistants are not eligible for this award.
Since its inception in 1966, 257 employees have received the Onthank Award. Recipients have included managers, public safety employees, secretaries, human service personnel, custodians, librarians, school bus drivers, building inspectors and others from agencies throughout the county and school system. Nominations have come from private citizens, fellow employees, civic groups, and business and professional organizations.
For more information on the Onthank Awards,
contact Robert Fitzpatrick in the Department of Human Resources at
703-324-3311, TTY 703-222-7314.