Fairfax County Recognizes Outstanding Employees

Fairfax County Office of Public Affairs
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Fairfax, VA 22035-0065
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Jan. 22, 2007

Fairfax County Recognizes Outstanding Employees

At the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors meeting on Jan. 22, the Fairfax County Employees Advisory Council presented the 2006 Don Smith EAC Award to two county employees. The award recognizes individual county employees who have contributed in an outstanding manner to the well-being of fellow employees. The winners received an engraved plaque and a check from the council for $1,000.

The 2006 Don Smith EAC Award winners are:

  • Ted Kavich, assistant branch manager at Martha Washington Library, for his improvements to morale and teamwork in the Fairfax County Public Library. Kavich has developed a series of “Murder Mystery Night” events that bring together employees from many branches along with volunteers and patrons to play characters, construct props, design settings and provide refreshments. In a five-year span, Kavich has presented 14 programs at eight different branches.Ted Kavich
  • Lt. Susan Lamar, Police Department, for her suggestion and initial research that resulted in the implementation of the Wellness Clinic at the Criminal Justice Academy. The Wellness Clinic serves as a resource for health and fitness information to improve or maintain employees’ health. Through Lamar’s support and efforts, a certified athletic trainer was hired to provide an immediate assessment of employee injuries, quicker access to referrals for follow up care, and better case monitoring.Susan Lamar

In addition, three employees received honorable mention awards: Stephen Jozsa, Department of Public Works and Environmental Services; Stephen Lawson, Police Department; and Chuck Wright, Employee Fitness Center. Jozsa was recognized for his volunteer activities with the new employee orientation video and other county events; Lawson was honored for organizing and running a fitness program for department employees; and Wright was saluted for developing fitness programs for county employees.

Fifteen other Fairfax County employees who were nominated received certificates of recognition: Mirza Baig and Mohammad Gharavi, Department of Public Works and Environmental Services; Roberta Butler, Department of Housing and Community Development; Naveed Butt, Wayne Compher and Tim Hoover, Police Department; Susan Farria and Leslie Schmitt, Department of Public Safety Communications; Barbara Hardy, Health Department; Jean Helmandollar, Circuit Court; Joseph Oleksia, Fire and Rescue Department; Christopher Pietsch, Internal Audit; Florence Rowland, Office of the County Executive; and Robert Smith and Elizabeth Wood, Juvenile and Domestic Relations District Court.

The Don Smith EAC Award was established by the Employees Advisory Council in 1991 to honor Donald D. Smith, a longtime employee of the Office of Comprehensive Planning who was a mainstay of the EAC for 16 years until his retirement in 1990.


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