July 21 Board of Supervisors Meeting Features 6 Presentations

July 18, 2008

News Highlights 

  • Fairfax County police officers and K-9s; Police Department and police chief; Fairfax County Public Schools principal; Special Olympian; and Rotarian of the Year to be honored.
  • A downloadable photo and synopsis of each presentation will be posted on the county's Web site.

More Information 

The Fairfax County Board of Supervisors, at its meeting on Monday, July 21, scheduled to begin at 9:30 a.m., will make the following presentations to residents and county staff. For more information, call 703-324-3187, TTY 711. More information on the July 21 meeting, including an agenda, can be found online

“Iron Dogs” of the Fairfax County Police Department
The Board of Supervisors will recognize Pfc. Mike Gubesch and his K-9 partner Justice, winners of the Virginia Police Canine Association Iron Dog Competition. The duo completed the 10-event, 1.25-mile course in less than nine minutes, resulting in Justice being named the competition’s “Iron Dog.”  Additionally, Master Police Officer Mark Dale and his K-9 partner Niko will be recognized for their admirable performance in the competition.

Fairfax County Police and Police Chief Col. David M. Rohrer 
The Board of Supervisors will recognize the Police Department for receiving the 2007-08 National Law Enforcement Award, as well as the special category Occupant Protection Award from the International Association of Chiefs of Police. Chief Col. David M. Rohrer also will be recognized for his award from Ayuda, a community-based, nonprofit organization of multi-lingual legal and social services for low-income immigrants in the metropolitan region.

 National Night Out
The Board of Supervisors will designate Tuesday, Aug. 5 as National Night Out in Fairfax County. National Night Out is a unique nationwide crime, drug and violence prevention program in which communities across the nation demonstrate neighborhood spirit and cooperation among residents and police.

Fairfax County Public Schools Principal Dale Rumberger
The Board of Supervisors will recognize Dale Rumberger for his 32 years of outstanding service to the Fairfax County Public Schools community. Rumberger retired as principal of South County Secondary School at the end of the 2007-08 school year. In 2006, he was recognized as a Washington Post Principal of the Year and also honored with the publication’s Distinguished Educational Leadership Award.

Special Olympian Karen Dickerson
The Board of Supervisors will recognize long distance runner Karen Dickerson, a Fairfax County resident, for her achievements as a Special Olympic Virginia athlete and a tireless advocate for the Special Olympics. Dickerson competed in the 2003 World Games in Dublin Ireland, where she won the bronze medal, and continues to compete in numerous long distance races, including the Boston Marathon and the Marine Corps Marathon.

Rotarian of the Year Vance Zavela
The Board of Supervisors will recognize Rotary Club of McLean volunteer Vance Zavela for his noteworthy accomplishments and dynamic participation in the Fairfax County community. Zavela was named Rotary International District 7610 Rotarian of the Year, from among 51 northern central and eastern Virginia Rotary clubs. Zavela also serves on the boards of several other community organizations.


Fairfax County Office of Public Affairs
12000 Government Center Parkway, Suite 551
Fairfax, VA 22035-0065
Contact: Merni Fitzgerald, Director of Public Affairs
703-324-3187, TTY 711, Fax 703-324-2010
Media Pager: 703-324-NEWS (6397)

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