Board of Supervisors - Chairman

Fairfax County, Virginia

 

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Jeffrey C. McKay, Chairman

WHAT WE DO

Chairman Jeffrey C. McKay is a lifelong Fairfax County resident, born and raised on the historic Route One Corridor. As Chairman, he represents Fairfax County’s 1.2 million residents. In addition to passing a balanced budget each year, the Board drives policy initiatives centered around priorities such as affordable housing, protecting our environment and sustaining our world-class school system.

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Latest News

Statement from Chairman McKay

July 13, 2021
To the Fairfax County Community, Over the weekend, I represented Fairfax County at the National Association of Counties conference in Maryland. I’m always excited to showcase all of our successes in Fairfax with counties across the country and learn new ways to advance. As President of the Virginia Association of Counties I was proud to host Virginia, Maryland, and West Virginia members' caucus breakfast. It was great to see friends Chair Randall from Loudoun County and Chair Wheeler from Prince William County - combined we proudly represent over 2 million Virginia residents. I also wanted to highlight some of the amazing work of members of our County team and residents. As you likely know, a tragic building collapse in Surfside, Florida in late June has triggered a massive search and rescue effort. It is truly difficult work that takes a toll mentally and physically. Our thoughts and prayers are with the Surfside community. I wanted to thank members of our County team that are on Virginia Task Force 1, our urban search and rescue team, who have gone to Miami to support the crew on the ground. While three structural engineers have returned, we still have one K9 handler and her K9 on site. In addition, there are three former FCPS athletes going to the Olympics in Tokyo this year. I want to congratulate: Andrew Seliskar: Andrew will be swimming for Team USA and is a 2015 Thomas Jefferson High School graduate. Chioma Onyekwere: Chioma will be throwing discus for Team Nigeria. She is a 2012 Robinson Secondary School graduate. Trevor Stewart: Trevor will be running track for Team USA and is a 2016 South County High School graduate. Finally, below you will see highlights from today's Board meeting. You can see the full package here. Read more

Statement from Chairman McKay

July 7, 2021
To the Fairfax County Community, Access to housing is a human right, but it's also an opportunity. We all do better when we all have access to housing. Housing is important for one's personal finances, the success of the economy at large, and it is also better for businesses and transportation. During the pandemic access to housing also became a public health issue. We were told we were safer at home, which meant people needed and continue to need access to affordable housing. In Fairfax County we believe people deserve a safe and affordable place to live. Before the pandemic, we were well positioned to prioritize our housing needs by setting aside a penny in our tax rate. Because of the impact of COVID-19, we were not able to do that in the FY21 budget. We remained optimistic. The pandemic forced us to think more creatively about housing and making systemic changes to make it easier to increase our affordable housing stock in the years to come. Thanks to the great work of our housing team we currently have over 1,700 units of affordable rental housing in the pipeline. Those changes and our other successes in affordable housing are detailed in the videos and text below. Read more

Statement from Chairman McKay

July 2, 2021
To the Fairfax County Community, As you may know, the Commonwealth's State of Emergency ended yesterday. This is encouraging news as we enter the Fourth of July weekend and celebrate that over 70% of Virginians have been vaccinated. The ending of the State of Emergency will not greatly impact state or County operations, however I want to note a few technical changes to be aware of: You may have heard talk of masks now being illegal because of the end of the State of Emergency, however this is not the case. The Virginia Department of Health has assured: There is no legal barrier to wearing masks to protect oneself and others from the virus, nor should anyone be penalized for doing so. While the state law prohibits wearing a mask for the purpose of concealing one’s identity, it does not prohibit wearing a mask for the purpose of preventing the spread of COVID-19. This is true even now that Virginia is no longer under a statewide declaration of emergency. You can read more on that here. Short and simple if you choose to wear a mask for comfort or because you are not yet vaccinated, you should continue to do so. Fairfax County's State of Emergency remains. This is because additional measures need to be taken to respond to the pandemic and its aftermath. For example, the Board must act to allow restaurants the flexibility to continue outdoor dining with tents in parking lots for up to a year following the state of emergency. This requires a local ordinance change that the Board will act on this month, but we must remain in a "state of emergency" to do so. During the majority of the pandemic our County flag has been raised at half-mast to remember those who have died and to commemorate our front line workers. In line with the ending of the Commonwealth's State of Emergency, I ordered the flags to return to full-mast. While we still have work to do and need those unvaccinated to continue to be diligent and wear masks, Fairfax County has made incredible strides in our vaccination efforts. 75% of people 18+ have received at least one COVID-19 vaccine dose. 62.7% of people 18+ are fully vaccinated. In May, we held 86 vaccine equity events that distributed over 16,000 doses. 84% of event attendees were Black, Hispanic, Asian, or Pacific Islander. For our population 65+, the proportions of those vaccinated ranges between 70-100%! Only one zip code in the County has reported a percentage below 70%. That said, as vaccination rates slow and as variants spreads (like the Delta variant), we will likely see increases in COVID-19 cases in our Health District, particularly among those who are not vaccinated. I urge you, if you or your family member is able, to get vaccinated. This is the most effective way to keep yourself and family healthy. Read more on that here and available Fairfax County Health Department vaccine opportunities this holiday weekend here. Finally, I want to thank our Health Department for all the work they have done to get us to a point where we are seeing some of the lowest levels of disease transmission since the pandemic began. This work would not have been possible if not for our committed staff and our extensive Medical Reserve Corps program. Since March 1, 2020, we have had 1,358 volunteers contribute 56,781 hours to slowing the spread of this disease. Their volunteerism is inspiring and we are all forever grateful for your dedication to the community. Read more

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