Deputy County Executive Verdia L. Haywood Receives 2008 Arnold B. Kassabian Memorial Award


July 2, 2008

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  • Deputy County Executive Verdia L. Haywood receives Arnold B. Kassabian Memorial Award from the Fairfax Bar Association.
  • Noted as the “architect of the Fairfax human services system.” 

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Fairfax County DeputyCounty ExecutiveVerdia L. Haywood was recently presented with the 2008 Arnold B. Kassabian Memorial Award by the Fairfax Bar Association.

Noted as the “architect of the Fairfax human services system,” he was commended for his contributions that have touched and improved the lives of thousands of county residents by designing programs and services including services for children who need protection from abuse and services for families dealing with poverty, homelessness, mental health or substance abuse issues. Haywood’s collaborative leadership and vision have led to initiatives that promote healthy families, prevention and early intervention approaches, school readiness as well as the overall economic health and well-being of families and individuals in our community. 

“This award in particular, is special,” said Haywood.  “Judge Kassabian was truly a remarkable man of integrity and compassion who made a positive impact on so many children and families’ lives.  His commitment to public service has been an inspiration to me and all those that he touched and guided in this community.  I am humbled to be a recipient of this year’s award named in his memory.” 

Haywood has served as a deputy county executive since 1981. He overseas the Department of Administration for Human Services, the Department of Systems Management for Human Services, the Health Department, the Department of Community and Recreation Services, the Department of Housing and Community Development, the Department of Family Services, the Juvenile and Domestic Relations District Court Services, the Fairfax-Falls Church Community Services Board and many collaboratives and partnerships involving all sectors of the community.

Haywood serves as a liaison to boards, authorities and commissions appointed by the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors, including the Commission for Women, the Reston Community Center Governing Board, the McLean Community Center Governing Board, the Fairfax County Redevelopment and Housing Authority and the Fairfax-Falls Church Community Services Board.  He also serves as staff and/or in a leadership role to the Human Services Council, the Community Policy and Management Team, the Community Planning Collaborative on Homelessness, the Long Term Care Coordinating Council, the Domestic Violence Prevention, Policy and Coordinating Council, the Fairfax Infant and Toddler Connection Council and the Workforce Investment Board.

The Kassabian Award, instituted in memory of Judge Arnold B. Kassabian, a judge of the Juvenile and Domestic Relations District Court (JDRDC), is awarded by the Fairfax Bar Association each year to an individual whose work has positively influenced the community served by the JDRDC and whose service to that community has resulted in the advancement of the welfare of children and families in the tradition of Judge Kassabian.

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