2007 Fairfax County Awards
Fairfax County is often recognized for its outstanding programs, services and public servants.
Merni Fitzgerald, Fairfax County’s director of public affairs and county spokesperson, received the “PR Professional of the Year: Nonprofit/Association” award in the PR News magazine “PR People Awards.”
Government Technology magazine recently named Wanda Gibson, director Fairfax County's Department of Information Technology, as one of government’s five most influential female chief information officers.
Oakton Library won the Best
Building Under $20 Million Award from the National Association of
Industrial and Office Properties - Northern Virginia Chapter.
Fairfax County Government Channel 16 has recently received two
awards for its efforts. A first place 2007 Hometown Video Award given
by the Alliance for Community Media for "Senior Times: Grandparents
Raising Grandchildren". A second place for excellence in government
programming given by the National Association of
Telecommunications Officers and Advisors.
The Government Finance Officers Association (GFOA) has recognized
Fairfax County for excellence in
financial reporting and budgeting. For the 22nd consecutive year,
the county received the Distinguished Budget Presentation Award for its
annual budget for the fiscal year 2008. This award represents the
highest form of recognition in governmental budgeting and reflects the
commitment of the governing body and staff in meeting the highest
principles of public budgeting.
Fairfax County was presented with a Certificate of Distinction this week by the International City/County Management Association (ICMA) at its annual conference in Pittsburgh, Pa. Fairfax County is one of only 24 jurisdictions to achieve this level of recognition among more than 200 communities participating in ICMA’s Center for Performance Measurement.The county received the certificate for collecting and using performance data from 14 government service areas (such as police, fire and rescue, libraries, etc.) and applying that information to training, data verification, public reporting, planning and decision-making, networking and accountability.
The National Association of County Recorders, Elected Officials and
Clerks (NACRC) has presented its 2007 Best
Practices Award to the Fairfax Circuit Court. The award
recognizes the virtual probate file developed by Clerk of the Fairfax
Circuit Court John T. Frey and the Fairfax Circuit Court Clerk’s
Fairfax County’s public Web site, fairfaxcounty.gov, earned top
honors in the Center for Digital Government’s “2007 Best of the Web” awards
competition. As a first place winner, fairfaxcounty.gov was recognized
as one of the most innovative and user-friendly local government
portals. Oakland County, Mich., and Columbia County, Ga., rounded out
the top three finishers in the county portal category.
Two Fairfax County agencies have been selected to receive Virginia Association of Counties (VACo)
Achievement Awards. The Park Authority’s Community Connections
program and the Department of Tax Administration’s Tax Relief Outreach
will be honored at an official ceremony during VACo’s 2007 Annual
Conference in November.
Fairfax County's Youth Alcohol Enforcement Program received
state recognition by the Virginia Association of Chiefs of Police as
having the best program in the Commonwealth of Virginia. The program
will also receive the same award nationally at the IACP Conference in
New Orleans on October 15.
Fairfax County is one of the top
digital counties in the nation in 2007 for jurisdictions with
populations over 500,000, according to an annual survey by the Center
for Digital Government and the National Association of Counties.
- Fairfax County’s Noman M. Cole Jr. Pollution Control Plant recently received the Platinum Peak Performance Award from the National Association of Clean Water Agencies. This distinction was given to only 76 of the approximately 16,500 municipal wastewater treatment plants across the nation.
The Fairfax County Park Authority received seven communication
and publication awards in the 2007 Hermes Creative Awards competition.
The annual awards recognize excellence in concept, writing and design
of materials and programs.
The Lorton Arts Foundation and a teen volunteer fair
program received National Association of
Counties (NACo) 2007 Achievement Awards.
Gerald E. Connolly, Chairman of the Fairfax County Board of
Supervisors, was presented with the 2007
Tom Bradley Leadership Award by the National Association of
Regional Councils (NARC) at its annual meeting in Orlando, Fla.
The Northern Virginia chapter of the American Society for Public Administration recognized the Fairfax County Police Department Cold Case Squad with its 2007 Public Service Award which recognizes an individual, private institution or public organization for promoting the role and ideals of public administration. Detectives Robert Murphy and Stephen Milefsky were honored for their professionalism, their dedication, their knowledge, expertise, high level of skill, and their extremely significant contributions to public safety. They joined the Cold Case Squad in 2000 and were handed more than 70 open homicide cases dating back to 1964. In a one-year period they made significant strides in that caseload and closed six cases involving deaths of eight people. These skilled detectives corroborated evidence with witnesses, questioned suspects, and conducted a great deal of leg work in a detailed, thorough manner. Suspects were charged in six killings, including one man charged with three murders, and a long-sought fugitive was tracked down and brought to Fairfax in a seventh homicide. The significant impact they have made in their investigation and closure of cold cases coupled with their critical understanding that each victim made a difference in someone's life has not gone unnoticed.
The Fairfax County Tree Commission recognized Fairfax County Park
Authority Resource Management Division staff Katherine Frederick
and Meghan Fellows with a 2006 Friends of Trees Award. The Park
Authority has recently implemented a program called the Invasive
Management Area (IMA) Project, which trains, organizes and equips
volunteers to preserve parkland by removing undesirable, non-native
invasive plants. In 2006, Frederick and Fellows directed over 870
volunteers to contribute over 1350 hours for the project as well
obtaining significant funding from the National Fish and Wildlife
Federation. Non-native, invasive species, if left unchecked, can
destroy natural areas, pull down trees and harm wildlife habitat.
Fairfax County Park Authority’s Resource Management
Division recently honored Paul Nicholson of Frying Pan Farm
Park and the Sully Woodlands Prescribed Burn Team with the 2007 Stewardship Awards
For the 30th consecutive year, the Fairfax County's Comprehensive
Annual Financial Report (CAFR) received the Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in
Financial Reporting from the Government Finance Officers
Association for excellence in financial reporting.
The Fairfax County Office of Emergency Management’s Northern Virginia (NOVA) WebEOC users group was the inaugural recipient of the Catalyst Award from Emergency Services Integrators (ESI), Inc.’s WebEOC User Advisory Board. WebEOC is a Web-based incident management software system used by emergency managers and other county agencies to better manage significant events.
- The Northern Virginia Long Term Care Ombudsmen Program in Fairfax County's Area Agency on Aging received the Human Rights Award from the Fairfax County Human Rights Commission. The volunteer ombudsmen serve as advocates for people living in the area's assisted living and nursing facilities. Each volunteer assures that the residents' rights are being protected and helps the residents to address problems within the facility that they cannot resolve alone.
Volunteer Fairfax recognized the advisory council for Medical Care
of Children Partnership (MCCP), a public-private program managed by
the Fairfax County Office of Partnerships, with their Volunteer Service
Award in the category of Organizations Working on
Education/Advocacy/Health. MCCP provides medical and dental care
to uninsured children in Fairfax County who are not eligible for
Medicaid or FAMIS. To achieve its goals, MCCP obtains necessary
resources by developing unique public-private partnerships with
businesses, foundations, healthcare providers, and ecumenical and
The National Association of Government Communicators Blue Pencil/Gold
Screen Awards honored the Fairfax County Park Authority with two
first place awards and an Award of Excellence. The Clemyjontri Park
Opening won First Place Media Event honors with Judy Pedersen leading
the effort; the Elly Doyle Park Service Awards took First Place in
Event Videos with Mark Garrah producing; and the Award of Excellence
went to the Park Authority Web site under the tutelage of Jeff Snoddy,
Catherine Tilley and Judy Pedersen.
The Department of Public Safety Communications was honored by the
E-911 Institute at a ceremony in Washington, DC. Seven
members of the department were presented the 2007 Call
Taker/Dispatcher Award, which honors the “First responders”-
the 911 call-takers and dispatchers who are on the front line every
day. The awardees played pivotal roles on May 8, 2006, when a heavily
armed man ambushed police officers at the Sully District Station,
killing two officers. The communications officers reacted with courage
and professionalism throughout a very difficult day, police said. They
responded to requests for help from a mortally wounded police officer;
dispatched local officers, some of them off-duty, to the scene of the
incident; and coordinated assistance from other agencies in the
Washington, D.C., area. Those honored were Public Safety
Communicator III Lisa Smith, Public Safety Communicator III Necol Hill,
Assistant Supervisor Joseph LoPreto, Assistant Supervisor Terrence
McClain, Public Safety Communicator II Adrian King, Public Safety
Communicator II Oscar Vasquez and Public Safety Communicator I Deanna
Fairfax County Park Authority’s Spring Hill RECenter became the
first RECenter awarded the title of "Official Certifying
Organization for the President's Volunteer Service
Award." Spring Hill RECenter is extremely proud to join the
President of the United States and the President’s Council on Service
in recognizing the volunteers who consistently take the time to make a
difference in the lives of others and help promote the mission and
goals of the Fairfax County Park Authority. In 2006, Spring Hill
RECenter produced a total of 8,750 volunteer hours logged in by a
combined 85 volunteers.
Fairfax County presented its 2006 Land
Conservation Awards, which honor developers, designers, site
superintendents and contractors whose projects best demonstrate
excellence in erosion and sediment control design and implementation or
a commitment to tree preservation and replacement in Fairfax County.
Two county departments were honored.
The Department of Community and Recreation Services received the
Best Facility Award from the Virginia Recreation and Park Society for
the Herndon Senior Center, selected from over 100 entries. The award is
given to a facility displaying such elements as innovative design,
excellence in addressing community needs, efficiency of resources and
meeting the needs of populations served.