Griffin Recognized with Visionary Leadership Award


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Sept. 21, 2004

 

Griffin Recognized with Visionary Leadership Award

The Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments’ Institute for Regional Excellence presented Fairfax County Executive Anthony H. Griffin with the Visionary Leadership Award at a graduation ceremony for IRE students on Sept. 10 at George Washington University’s Marvin Center. Students in the IRE’s public policy management program selected Griffin in recognition of his leadership in urban and regional governance.

Michael Rogers, executive vice president of MedStar Health (IRE's inaugural corporate sponsor) presents the award to Fairfax County Executive Anthony H. Griffin.
Michael Rogers, executive vice president of MedStar Health (IRE's inaugural corporate sponsor) presents the award to Fairfax County Executive Anthony H. Griffin.

“The IRE appreciates your contribution to the region and for fostering an atmosphere of mutual respect for all jurisdictions,” said Imelda Roberts, the council’s director of human resources management. Executive Director David Robertson added, “Your commitment to diversity, regionalism and fostering an atmosphere of mutual respect and appreciation for all people exceeds the expectations behind this award. Above all, your inclusive leadership style, which sees the employee as a vital component in developing and implementing the mission of Fairfax County Government and seeks to draw upon the talents and skills of employees at all levels, is commendable.”

Selection criteria for the leadership award require nominees to:

  • Convey and impart a spirit of regionalism.
  • Foster an atmosphere of mutual respect for all jurisdictions in the region.
  • Uphold the highest ideals of honor and integrity in public and private relationships.
  • Respect and embrace diversity and celebrate an understanding and appreciation of all.
  • Accept as a personal duty the responsibility to exercise leadership in upholding a legacy of excellence in public service.

Fairfax County IRE students, in their nomination essay, cited Griffin’s commitment to regionalism, “It was (Griffin’s) vision that now county executives across jurisdictions convene to manage issues. The fact that Fairfax County has more graduates of the Certified Public Managers program than any jurisdiction is a testament to his commitment and leadership. Since the inception of (the program), he has conducted information sessions to encourage employee participation.” The 12-month Regional Executive Development Program certifies graduates as public managers upon successful completion of courses in partnership with George Washington University. Six graduates from the 2004 class were Fairfax County employees. So far the county has had a total of 21 employees, experienced local government professionals, from 13 different agencies participate in the IRE program.

For more information, contact the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments at 202-962-3250, fax 202-962-3201, TTY 711, or visit the Web site at www.mwcog.org.


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