Liberman Appointed Director of Cable & Consumer Protection Agency

Fairfax County Office of Public Affairs
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July 23, 2007

Michael S. Liberman Appointed Director of
Fairfax County Department of Cable Communications and Consumer Protection

The Fairfax County Board of Supervisors today appointed Michael S. Liberman as the director of the Fairfax County Department of Cable Communications and Consumer Protection. Liberman’s appointment is effective with the current pay period.   
Michael S. Liberman

Liberman has worked for the Fairfax County Department of Cable Communications and Consumer Protection for more than 18 years. Since March he has been the acting director of the agency.

As director, Liberman will oversee the varied areas of the Department of Cable Communications and Consumer Protection. These include:

  • The Consumer Affairs Branch, which investigates and mediates consumer complaints and tenant-landlord disputes and provides a complaint history on county businesses.

  • The Communications Policy and Regulation Division, which manages the development of cable and its regulation in the county. The division oversees the county’s non-exclusive cable television franchise agreements with Cox Communications Inc., Comcast Communications Inc. and Verizon Virginia Inc. through enforcement of the franchise agreements, inspection of the facilities and attention to residents’ concerns.

  • The Communications Productions Division, which produces informational programs on Fairfax County Government’s Channel 16, as well as the county’s Internet site and county kiosks. The division also produces training programs for employees on the Fairfax County Training Network, an internal closed-circuit cable channel. Other services include emergency messaging for the county; videoconferencing for county agencies; and a video arraignment system for the General District Court.

  • The Regulation and Licensing Branch, which issues licenses and regulates the taxi industry, peddlers, solicitors, precious metal and gem dealers, pawn brokers, massage establishments and therapists, and going-out-of-business sales.

  • The Utilities Branch, which ensures fair and reasonable utility services are accomplished for county residents.

  • The printing and mailing services for county agencies.

  • The Fairfax County Gift Shop and Maps and Publications Center, which sells items such as embossed shirts, tote bags and hats, in addition to county maps and publications.

Prior to serving as the agency’s acting director, Liberman was director of the Communications Productions Division where he directed the production of informational programming about county services for residents and businesses via cable TV, video on demand and podcasting. As co-chair of the I-Net Video Network, he participated in the implementation of a project to deliver video programming through a countywide institutional fiber-optic network serving more than 400 government and public school facilities. During his tenure as director, the Communications Productions Division won a number of awards, including the Overall Excellence in Government Programming twice from the Hometown Video Festival.

Liberman received a Master in Fine Arts in film production from Ohio University and a Bachelor of Arts in English from the University of Rhode Island.

Liberman’s salary will be $120,000 a year. 


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