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Winner of the A. Heath Onthank Award

Winner of the A. Heath Onthank Award

Kim Young receives the A. Heath Onthank Award. Joining her are John Townes, Commissioner of the Civil Service Commission of Fairfax County, Paul Davis Jr., Chair of the A. Heath Onthank Committee, Linnaea Jablonski, Director of the Department of Human Resources, Jeffrey McKay, Chair of the Board of Supervisors, and Bryan J. Hill, County Executive.

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Award recipients: Leila Gordon, Executive Director of the Reston Community Center; John Townes, Commissioner of the Civil Service Commission; Paul Davis, Chair of the A. Heath Onthank Committee; Linnaea Jablonski, Director of Human Resources; Jeffrey McKay, Chair of the Board of Supervisors; and Bryan J. Hill, County Executive.

The Fairfax County Board of Supervisors honored Tajweer Beaufort, Leila Gordon and Kim Young with the A. Heath Onthank Award, the highest honor given to government employees.

Tajweer Beaufort, The Fairfax County Police Department developed and led new police job boards that boosted recruitment. He focused on the 30×30 initiative to achieve 30 percent female representation in police recruiting classes by 2030 and launched the Fairfax Experience to recruit diverse police officers from the university. His initiatives increased recruitment and hiring and created the largest and most diverse fall police academy class ever. Tajweer Beaufort was unable to attend the Onthank Awards ceremony.

Leila Gordon leads the Reston Community Center. She has created a collaborative, multifaceted arts community that reaches nearly 100,000 community members through annual arts programs. Gordon led the Fairfax County Public Arts Master Plan Facilities Task Force from 2011-2023. Last year, Gordon’s community engagement efforts, working with Department of Public Works staff, culminated in the acceptance of a site application for the planned arts center. She led the creation of a county COVID memorial and advised on the renovation of the Mount Vernon High School theater.

Kim Jung is lead interpreter at Hidden Oaks Nature Center. She has supervised volunteers, students and staff in the construction and management of native gardens at the center, promoting native flora and public education. She has provided meaningful watershed education experiences to nearly 2,000 elementary and middle school students, webinars, local garden clubs and Eagle Scout candidates. The acreage of native plants planted by the Hidden Oaks Nature Center’s Master Gardeners has increased by 1,000 percent in five years and 150 percent in 18 months.