2008 Fairfax County Awards

Fairfax County is often recognized for its outstanding programs, services and public servants. The county also honors individuals and organizations. 



  • The Fairfax County Park Authority received three MarCom communications awards recognizing outstanding achievement in marketing and communication.

  • The Fairfax Center Fire and Rescue Station received a Silver Award from Fire Chief Magazine.


  • Fairfax County is one of the top digital counties in the nation 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 Healthy Women: Healthy Babies program received a Virginia Association of Counties (VACo) 2008 Achievement Award. The VACo Achievement Awards is a competitive program open to local government members of the association. Held annually, it recognizes local govenment programs in awards criteria that include innovation, collaboration and model practices.


  • Fairfax County's All Hazards Special Medical Needs Registry has been selected as a Promising Practice by the National Association of County and City Health Officials' Model Practice Initiative.

  • Four Fairfax County agencies have been selected to receive National Association of Counties (NACo) 2008 Achievement Awards. The Department of Family Services Office for Children School Readiness Collaborative, the Department of Finance DART program, the Public Library Changing Lives Through Literature program and the Department of Information Technology Project Management Training Program and Security Awareness Day.

  • Fairfax County Deputy County Executive Verdia L. Haywood was recently presented with the 2008 Arnold B. Kassabian Memorial Award by the Fairfax Bar Association. The Kassabian Award, instituted in memory of Judge Arnold B. Kassabian, a judge of the Juvenile and Domestic Relations District Court (JDRDC), is awarded each year to an individual whose work has positively influenced the community served by the JDRDC.

  • Fairfax County Police Chief, Col. David M. Rohrer was honored at Ayuda's 35th anniversary gala on June 12. Ayuda, a community-based, nonprofit organization, is the source of multi-lingual legal and social services for low-income immigrants in the metropolitan region.

  • 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 64 of the approximately 16,500 municipal wastewater treatment plants across the nation.


  • Fairfax County’s Magnet Housing Pilot Program was recently recognized with the Thomas H. Muehlenbeck Award for Excellence in Local Government, by the Alliance for Innovation.  The program is described by the alliance as an "innovative approach" to providing affordable housing for the county's expanding skilled workforce.  

  • The Alliance for Innovation honored Fairfax County's Changing Lives through Literature program with an Outstanding Achievement in Local Government Innovation award. Through the program, offenders come together with a facilitator, members of the court and community representatives to discuss readings that examine life views.

  • Fairfax County Hunter Mill District Supervisor Catherine M. Hudgins was presented with the 2008 Outstanding Phenomenal Women’s Alliance Award in Public and Community Service on April 26 by the Phenomenal Women’s Alliance (PWA). Introduced as a “voice for the voiceless and a face for the invisible,” she was commended for her work on issues such as preventing and ending homelessness, affordable housing and advocating for underserved children and older adults.

  • Fairfax County’s Comprehensive Annual Financial Report (CAFR) has been recognized by the Government Finance Officers Association (GFOA) for excellence in financial reporting. For the 31st consecutive year, the county received the Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting from the association for the fiscal year that ended June 30, 2007.


  • Fairfax County has won two top honors, as well as an honorable mention, in the annual Public Technology Institute 2007-2008 Solutions Awards, which recognizes local governments for technology excellence. The county won top honors in the Public Safety and Emergency Management category for its All Hazards Special Needs Plan, which includes the newly created online special needs registry, and for the Plug-in Hybrid Vehicle Fleet Trial in the Sustainability category. Fairfax County also won an honorable mention in the Web Services category for its e-Government program. The county was recognized in three of the five award categories in the largest population group for jurisdictions with populations over 750,000.

  • The Spring Hill RECenter Roots & Shoots Jr. Volunteer Program was selected as the Volunteer Fairfax Youth Volunteer Group of the year.

  •  The Animal Services Committee of the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments (COG) honored two Fairfax County animal control officers last month during the fourth annual COG Animal Services Awards. Officer Enna Lugo and Dr. Janet Lemke from Companion Animal Hospital received the 2007 Domestic Animal Rescue of the Year Award for working together to save the life of an abused stray kitten. Officer Timothy P. Kelly received the Animal Control Officer/Humane Officer Award for his contributions as a field training officer and instructor, where he teaches Fairfax Criminal Justice Academy recruits about animal services and animal control law enforcement. .


  • The Fairfax County Employees Advisory Council presented the 2007 Don Smith EAC Award to two county employees -- Paul Carlin and Lt. Timothy Hoover.

  • Fairfax County presented its 2007 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.

  • The Community Appearance Alliance of Northern Virginia Board of Directors presented a special award for the Low Impact Development parking lot and driveway at Hidden Oaks Nature Center in Annandale. For over 20 years, the Community Appearance Alliance of Northern Virginia has been presenting special awards for projects that merit particular special recognition for improving the overall appearance of the community and the Northern Virginia region.


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