Fairfax County’s Verdia Haywood Receives Public Service Award


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April 1 , 2005


 

Fairfax County’s Verdia Haywood Receives Public Service Award

Fairfax County Deputy County Executive Verdia L. Haywood recently received the Katherine K. Hanley Public Service Award from Leadership Fairfax, Inc. Haywood was presented the award on March 29 by Hanley at the Leadership Fairfax, Inc.’s Board of Supervisors Breakfast.

Verdia Haywood accepts public service award from Katherine Hanley
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The award, which honors the public service legacy of Hanley, chairman of the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors from 1995 to 2003, recognizes a public service employee or an appointed member of a Fairfax County public board, authority or commission for their sustained contributions to the quality of life of the community.

In its nomination of Haywood for the award, the county’s Human Services Council wrote: “Verdia has provided visionary leadership in weaving the rich fabric of this community, seeing the possibilities at the intersections of public and private, advocacy and partnership, accountability and engagement. Verdia’s extraordinary leadership is based first and foremost on his faith in the ability of the community, in all its roles and faces, to harness its strengths and rise to any challenge.”

In making the award, Leadership Fairfax, Inc. recognized Haywood for redesigning the county’s human services delivery by forging stronger partnerships, deeper community involvement and better use of shared resources. Some of his accomplishments are:

  • Guiding the implementation of the Comprehensive Services Act for at-risk children and youth, which now ensures that children and parents, providers, community members, the court and professional disciplines all have a voice at the table.
  • Bringing together service providers for the homeless and successfully competing for millions of federal dollars to build transitional and permanent supportive housing, thereby ensuring a continuum of care.
  • Facilitating community-driven response to emerging issues such as the Long Term Care Task Force to raise awareness of the growing needs of the county’s aging population; and the Community Interfaith Liaison office to strengthen collaborative human service efforts between community and interfaith groups and the county.

Haywood has worked for the county since 1978, the last 23 years as deputy county executive. He oversees the county’s departments of Administration for Human Services, Systems Management for Human Services, Community and Recreation Services, Housing and Community Development and Family Services; the Health Department; Juvenile and Domestic Relations District Court Services; Fairfax-Falls Church Community Services Board; and Office of Human Rights. In addition, he is liaison to several boards, authorities and commissions appointed by the Board of Supervisors.

Prior to his appointment as deputy county executive, he served as executive assistant to the county executive, acting as a liaison between county administration and the Board of Supervisors and helping to develop the human services system in Fairfax County.

Haywood is a graduate of Alcorn State University and holds a master’s degree in Public Administration from the University of Illinois.

Leadership Fairfax, Inc. is a nonprofit community leadership organization that identifies current and emerging leaders and brings them together to study community issues and effect positive change.

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


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