Park Board: Edward R. Batten, Sr.
Edward R. Batten, Sr. has served on the Fairfax County Park Authority Board since January, 2003 as the Lee District representative.
Batten, a longtime resident of Springfield, worked previously for the Fairfax County Department of Human Resources and for the Department of Commerce in the Bureau of the Census. He helped to recruit field positions for the Census 2000 campaign. He also served as an internal auditor, ensuring that accurate and complete data was provided. Batten also worked for AT&T Global Strategy and Operations as an International Human Resources Manager. He retired in 1999 after nearly 27 years of service at various locations throughout the world.
On the Park Board, Batten serves as chairman of the Diversity and Succession Committee and the Park Operations Committee, and as vice chairman of the Park Services and Golf Committee. He is a member of the Park Authority Board Awards Committee and the Resource Management Committee. He also serves as liaison to the Fairfax County Park Foundation.
Batten served in the United States Air Force, having earned the rank of captain during his eight year tenure. His service included three tours in Vietnam during which he served as a training officer and also as an instructor-navigator. He received several commendations. Batten received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from Howard University in Washington D.C. in 1962 and was also honored as an Air Force ROTC Distinguished Military Graduate.
His service to the community includes participation on the Lee District Land Use and Transportation Committee and the Lee District Budget Advisory Committee. While residing in Virginia Beach he was appointed to the Planning Commission and to the Parks and Recreation Advisory Board. In past years he has also worked closely with the U.S Chamber of Commerce and the Society for Human Resource Management and served with the NAACP in local and national convention leadership positions.
In 2004 Batten was honored by Fairfax County as the Lee District recipient of the distinguished Lord Fairfax Award. In December 2005 Batten was also honored with the Les Dorson Distinguished Public Service Leadership Award. This award was given for his dedicated service to the citizens of Lee District and Fairfax County.