Three Fairfax County Employees Receive Prestigious Award


June 19, 2012

Three employees have been selected to receive the Onthank Award, the highest honor Fairfax County bestows on its employees.  The awards were presented today at the regularly scheduled meeting of the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors.


Onthank Award Winners
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Onthank Award Winners (l. to r.) Richard Cabellos, Judy Flaig and Steven Sinclair.

2011 awardees:

  • Richard Cabellos, park/recreation specialist, Neighborhood and Community Services. Cabellos, director of the Southgate Community Center in Reston, was recognized for his efforts to transform the center into a vibrant community resource.
  • Judy Flaig, management analyst, Office of Elections. Flaig was recognized for her "extraordinary initiative" during the state and local election district reapportionment.
  • Stephen Sinclair, senior utilities analyst, Department of Cable and Consumer Services. Sinclair was recognized for his efforts to safeguard consumer interests in the areas of utilities and taxicab rates. He is chief of the Public Utilities Branch.

The Onthank Award was established by the Board of Supervisors in 1966 to honor the memory of Col. A. Heath Onthank, the first chairman of the Fairfax County Civil Service Commission (1957-1962) and guiding force of the county’s career merit system.

The award recognizes accomplishments of outstanding worth by an individual county employee, in advancing and improving public service in Fairfax County Government and the school system.

Eligibility for the Onthank Award is open to merit system employees of county government and contracted, unified salary scale and food service employees of Fairfax County Public Schools. School teachers and instructional assistants are not eligible for this award.

Since its inception, 317 employees have received the Onthank Award. Recipients have included managers, public safety employees, administrative assistants, human services personnel, custodians, librarians, school bus drivers, building inspectors and others from agencies throughout county government and the school system. Nominations come from residents, fellow employees, civic groups, and business and professional organizations.


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