Fairfax County Awards

 Fairfax County is often recognized for its outstanding programs, services and public servants. The county also honors individuals and organizations.  Additional information about county awards and accomplishments can be obtained from the agency or division highlighted or by contacting the Office of Public Affairs by email or by phone at 703-324-3187, TTY 711. View archive of past awards.






  • DPWES Wins 2016 Harold L. Strickland Partnership Award: Fairfax County’s Department of Public Works and Environmental Services (DPWES) has been selected to receive the 2016 Harold L. Strickland Partnership and Collaboration Award. These collaborative efforts have taken place at locations throughout the county, such as Kings West Swim Club/Rabbit Branch Park, Brookfield Park, Lee District Park, and the Spring Hill and South Run RECenters. Stream restoration efforts include work at Rabbit Run/Quincy Park, Sandy Creek Stream, Mason Neck West Park, and Big Rocky Run. The partnership also included the upgrading of Great Falls Nike Field. Parks have benefitted from $29 million in leveraged funding from the work.


  • Three Fairfax County Buildings Win Exceptional Design Awards: Three major capital building projects managed by the Capital Facilities Business Area of Fairfax County’s Department of Public Works and Environmental Services have earned Exceptional Design Awards, a program that recognizes achievement in the total design of a building and its site. The Woodrow Wilson Library earned a merit award, and the McLean Police Station and Governmental Center and Merrifield Center each earned honorable mentions.


The county was recognized for milestone achievements in citizen communication and engagement including:

  • The Digital Counties Survey evaluates localities on their ability to demonstrate successful outcomes, improve services and boost efficiencies through the strategic use of technology. Winners were chosen based on their work to innovate, improve transparency and proactively address citizen demands and expectations.

  • Park Authority Wins National Stewardship Award: The Fairfax County Park Authority (FCPA) has been named the winner of the National Recreation and Park Association’s (NRPA) 2016 Barb King Environmental Stewardship Award, which recognizes a parks and recreation agency that has achieved excellence in environmental stewardship. This national recognition pays tribute to the Park Authority’s growing commitment to protection of natural resources in Fairfax County.


  • Fairfax County Receives 8 National Achievement Awards: The National Association of Counties (NACo) awarded Fairfax County eight 2016 Achievement Awards, which honor innovative, effective county government programs that enhance services for residents
  • Park Authority Wins Seven NAGC Communication Awards: Park Authority communicators took home four first place awards, sharing honors for a campaign celebrating the Park Authority’s 65th anniversary year entitled “65 Years of Making Parks Count,” in the Shoestring Budget category as well as a first place award for the Special Purpose Publication, “Great Parks – Great Communities FY2015 Strategic Plan Report.”
  • The Noman M. Cole, Jr. Pollution Control Plant earned another Platinum Peak Performance Award: NACWA’s Peak Performance Awards recognize member agency facilities for excellence in wastewater treatment as measured by their compliance with their NPDES permit.  The award also recognizes the commitment, innovation and achievements of individuals and public agencies in the clean water community.
  • Fairfax County Health Department Awarded National Accreditation: Fairfax County Health Department has achieved national accreditation through the Public Health Accreditation Board (PHAB). The national accreditation program works to improve and protect the health of the public by advancing and ultimately transforming the quality and performance of the nation’s state, local, tribal and territorial public health departments.
  • Celebrate Fairfax Recognizes Sheriff’s Community Labor Force with Community Spirit Award: Celebrate Fairfax, Inc., (CFI) honored the Sheriff’s Community Labor Force with the 2016 James M. Scott Community Spirit Award during a ceremony held at the Fairfax County Government Center on June 7. Named for former Virginia State Delegate Jim Scott, who founded CFI, the award recognizes service that has transformed, guided and supported the success of the organization.


  • Sheriff’s Office Earns Health Care Reaccreditation: The National Commission on Correctional Health Care has reaccredited the Fairfax County Sheriff’s Office on the operation of the Adult Detention Center. NCCHC accreditation is a quality assurance process under which inmate health care services, programs and operations are evaluated by an external body. The Sheriff’s Office has been accredited by NCCHC since 1981. The reaccreditation process takes place every three years to ensure that the agency maintains compliance with the standards.
  • Park Authority Wins Award for Colvin Run Campaign: The Fairfax County Park Authority (FCPA) is the winner of a 2016 NACPRO Award for the marketing efforts that helped Colvin Run Mill  achieve a top-four finish in the 2013 web-based Partners in Preservation (PiP) voting contest sponsored by the National Trust for Historic Preservation and American Express. As a result of the contest, the FCPA received a $75,000 grant to restore the historic mill.
  • Spring Hill Renovation Wins NACPRO Award: The expansion and renovation of the Spring Hill RECenter in McLean, Virginia, is being honored with an award from the National Association of County Park and Recreation Officials (NACPRO). The Fairfax County Park Authority project has been selected as a recipient of the 2016 NACPRO Award in the Park and Recreation Facility Class II category. 
  • Department of Vehicle Services Named in 100 Best Fleet Awards: The Fairfax County Department of Vehicle Services has been named 36th out of 100 best fleet operations in the Americas. The program, currently in its 16th year, recognizes and rewards peak performing fleet operations in North America. Fairfax County was regarded as exceptional based on the 12 performance measures of the award including uses of technology, accountability, pricing, customer service, innovation, efficiency and continuous improvement. 

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