Board of Supervisors Recognizes Outstanding County Employees


Three outstanding Fairfax County employees were recognized by the Board of Supervisors during its Jan. 25 meeting, when the Employees Advisory Council presented the annual Don Smith Award. The award honors employees who contributeto the well- being of fellow employees in an outstanding manner and outside of their typical duties.

Ed Cook, Department of Information Technology is the 2011 Don Smith Award recipient. Swaim Pessaud, Office of Public Private Partnerships, and Janis Simmons, Library, received honorable mentions.

Cook has coordinated the Fairfax County Employee Softball League for more than 20 years.  He has volunteered numerous hours organizing the registration of teams, scheduling fields, tracking teams’ records through the season, creating tournament brackets, and coordinating umpires.  The league has grown to include 20 teams and hundreds of players; his commitment has contributed greatly to employee wellness, morale and team building. He lives in Fauquier County.

Pessaud was selected for the honorable mention award for her work with the county’s Alternative Dispute Resolution program, providing mediation, conflict coaching and conflict resolution training for employees for more than 10 years. In addition, in her volunteer role as a professional mediator, she has helped to resolve workplace conflicts, resulting in reduced absenteeism, improved morale and increased productivity. She is a resident of the Baileys Crossroads area.

Simmons was recognized with an honorable mention for her participation and leadership role in launching the Disability Employment Awareness and Action Network (DAAN). Under her guidance, DAAN has educated county employees on a number of barriers facing people with disabilities including Americans with Disabilities reasonable accommodation process; emergency management; snow removal procedures; assistive technology; and disability etiquette. Simmons lives in the Kingstowne area.

The Don Smith EAC Award was established by the Employees Advisory Council in 1991 to honor Donald D. Smith, a longtime county employee who served on the EAC for 17 years, before his retirement in 1990.


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