Susan Woodruff Appointed Department of Human Resources Director

Sept. 22, 2008

News Highlights 

  • Woodruff's start date is Sept. 29.
  • Has worked for Fairfax County for 34 years and for the Department of Human Resources since 1981.

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The Fairfax County Board of Supervisors today appointed Susan Woodruff as director of the Department of Human Resources (DHR). She will begin her new position on Sept. 29.

Woodruff has worked for Fairfax County Government since 1973 and has served as acting director for DHR since May. She was assistant director for DHR from 2002-2008 with responsibilities overseeing compensation, employee relations, and work force planning for a diverse employee population.  She also worked closely with senior managers on a wide range of complex personnel issues.  Woodruff was the project manager for the county’s Pay For Performance system; served on the legislative team; and co-led the management team setting the strategic direction for the agency.

From 1986-2002, Woodruff was the employee relations division chief for DHR, supervising employee relations functions including personnel policy development, grievances, internal communications, award programs, the Employee Assistance Program and drug and alcohol testing.  She also served as the agency’s liaison to the Fairfax County Employees Advisory Council and the Civil Service Commission. Woodruff joined DHR in 1981 as a personnel analyst. 

Woodruff also has held positions with Fairfax County in the Office of the County Executive, the Consumer Affairs Division and the former Department of Social Services.

She holds a Master of Science in administration from George Washington University, Washington, D.C. and a bachelor’s degree in sociology from Bridgewater College, Bridgewater, Va. Woodruff serves on the board of directors and is chair of the personnel committee for the Fairfax Court Appointed Special Advocate program.

Woodruff will receive an annual salary of $152,297.



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