Fairfax County operates under the urban county executive form of government, an optional form of Virginia county government…. Urban County Executive Form of Government:A county executive is appointed. Must make recommendations to the board for positions under the jurisdiction of the office of county executive. In this model of government, the positions of commissioner of the revenue and treasurer do not exist, but instead are covered by the director of finance who reports to the county executive.Similar to the county executive form, the urban county executive form is for counties with more than 90,000 residents. The form requires that no new municipalities are established, the chairman of the board of supervisors must be elected by the county at large and the county uses the director of finance role. Towns within an urban county executive governed county can choose county administration instead of maintaining their own local governments.and like other Virginia local governments, Fairfax County has limited powers…. More specifically, Virginia courts have concluded that local governments in Virginia have only:Those powers that are specifically conferred on them by the Virginia General AssemblyThose powers that are necessarily or fairly implied from a specific grant of authorityThose powers that are essential to the purposes of government -- not simply convenient but indispensable This doctrine of limited authority for local governments is commonly called the Dillon Rule.
The powers of government are vested in an elected Board of Supervisors consisting of nine members elected by district, plus a Chairman elected at large. The law requires that districts be of approximately equal population and that each Supervisor (other than the Chairman) be a resident and qualified voter of his or her district, and be elected only by voters living in that district. All voters in the county may vote for the Chairman. The Board elects the Vice Chairman annually from among its members at its first meeting in January. Board members are elected for four-year terms. There is no legal limit to the number of terms a member can serve. The next scheduled Board election will take place in November 2011, with Board members taking office in January 2012.
To protect and enrich the quality of life for the people, neighborhoods and diverse communities of Fairfax County by: Maintaining Safe and Caring Communities The needs of a diverse and growing community are met through innovative public and private services, community partnerships and volunteer opportunities. As a result, residents feel safe and secure, capable of accessing the range of services and opportunities they need, and are willing and able to give back to their community. Building Livable SpacesTogether, we encourage distinctive "built environments" that create a sense of place, reflect the character, history and natural environment of the community, and take a variety of forms -- from identifiable neighborhoods, to main streets, to town centers. As a result, people throughout the community feel they have unique and desirable places to live, work, shop, play and connect with others. Connecting People and PlacesTransportation, technology and information effectively and efficiently connect people and ideas. As a result, people feel a part of their community and have the ability to access places and resources in a timely, safe and convenient manner.
Maintaining Healthy EconomiesInvestments in the workforce, jobs, and community infrastructure and institutions support a diverse and thriving economy. As a result, individuals are able to meet their needs and have the opportunity to grow and develop their talent and income according to their potential. Practicing Environmental StewardshipLocal government, industry and residents seek ways to use all resources wisely and to protect and enhance the County's natural environment and open space. As a result, residents feel good about their quality of life and embrace environmental stewardship as a personal and shared responsibility. Creating a Culture of EngagementIndividuals enhance community life by participating in and supporting civic groups, discussion groups, public-private partnerships and other activities that seek to understand and address community needs and opportunities. As a result, residents feel that they can make a difference and work in partnership with others to understand and address pressing public issues. Exercising Corporate StewardshipFairfax County government is accessible, responsible and accountable. As a result, actions are responsive, providing superior customer service and reflecting sound management of County resources and assets.
Griffin will retire in April 2012 after a 12-year tenure as county executive. Second-longest serving county executive since the position’s inception; Griffin will have served Fairfax County for a total of 23 years. The Board of Supervisors will select the next county executive. Fairfax County Executive Anthony H. Griffin announced his plans today to retire in April 2012. Griffin has served as the county’s administrative leader since 2000, the second-longest tenure since the position was created in 1952. Under his leadership, Fairfax County was named “one of the best-managed jurisdictions in America” by Governing magazine, which also gave Fairfax County a No. 1 rating in the Pew Charitable Trust’s Government Performance Project. The county has consistently received bond ratings of AAA from Standard & Poor’s, Moody’s and Fitch Investors Service; only 23 counties in the U.S. have received AAA ratings from all three bond-rating services.
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What does the accreditation do:Increases cooperation and coordination with other law enforcement agencies and other branches of the criminal justice system. The accreditation process requires an in-depth review of every aspect of the agency’s organization, management, operations, and administration to include: establishment of agency goals and objectives with provisions for periodic updating; re-evaluation of whether agency resources are being used in accord with agency goals, objectives, and mission; re-evaluation of agency policies and procedures, especially as documented in the agency’s written directive system; correction of internal deficiencies and inefficiencies before they become public problems; the opportunity to re-organize without the appearance of personal attacks. The accreditation standards provide norms against which agency performance can be measured and monitored over time. Accreditation provides the agency with a continuous flow of Commission distributed information about exemplary policies, procedures, and projects. Accreditation provides objective measures to justify decisions related to budget requests and personnel policies. Accreditation serves as a yardstick to measure the effectiveness of the agency’s programs and services. The services provided are defined, and uniformity of service is assured. Accreditation streamlines operations, providing more consistency and more effective deployment of agency manpower.
McConnell Public Safety and Transportation Operations CenterThe McConnell Public Safety and Transportation Operations Center (MPSTOC) is a model of multi-agency coordination and cooperation. The center is a partnership between Fairfax County and thecommonwealth of Virginia that brings multiple agencies and functions together under on roof to enhance the effectiveness of: Public safety response. Improve traffic congestion management. Better manage the response to and recovery from major emergencies. Agencies Housed in the McConnell PSTOC Fairfax CountyThe Department of Public Safety Communications (DPSC - the county's 9-1-1 Call Center), which receives and dispatches all 9-1-1 emergency and nonemergency police, fire and rescue calls in the county.The Office of Emergency Management (OEM), which oversees and activates the county's Emergency Operations Center during emergency incidents. OEM is equipped to receive and transmit Homeland Security and emergency information to state, regional and federal partners.The Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department and Police Department have staff on the operations floor assisting with specific fire and police dispatching.The Police Department's Forensics facility is housed in a separate building connected to the McConnell PSTOC.Commonwealth of VirginiaThe Virginia Department of Transportation's (VDOT) Northern Region Transportation Operations Center (TOC) and Signal System. The TOC monitors traffic and incidents by using cameras and other information-gathering mechanisms to better manage day-to-day traffic flow and large incidents.The Virginia Department of State Police (VSP) Division 7 communications center, which receives and dispatches all #77 (interstate-related) calls for the Northern Virginia region. Dispatchers from Division 7 will move from their current location on Braddock Road in Fairfax.
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Fairfax County Profile 2012
FAIRFAX COUNTY PROFILE Presented by Fairfax County Office of Public Affairs Updated: February 2012
STRUCTURE Commonwealth of Virginia is a Dillion Rule State. Fairfax operates under the urban county executive form of government. Fairfax has limited powers.
STRUCTURE: BOARD OF SUPERVISORS• Powers of government are vested in the Board;• Nine members elected by district, plus a Chairman at large;• New Board elected in November 2011, took office January 2012.
VISION ELEMENTS To protect and enrich the quality of life for the people, neighborhoods and diverse communities of Fairfax County by: • Maintaining Safe and Caring Communities; • Building Livable Spaces; • Connecting People and Places;
VISION ELEMENTS • Maintaining Healthy Economies; • Practicing Environmental Stewardship; • Creating a Culture of Engagement; • Exercising Corporate Stewardship.
STRUCTURE: COUNTY EXECUTIVE• Appointed by the Board;• Administrative head of the county government;• Anthony Griffin • 23 years of service to the county • 12 years tenure as county executive • Retires in April 2012 • Search for new county executive currently underway
SNAPSHOT: FAIRFAX COUNTY • FY 2012 budget: $6.1 billion • 395 square miles; • 252,828 acres; • Population of 1,081,726; • 2010 average household size: 2.75. Sources: US Census Bureau and 2010 Census Summaries; Fairfax County Department of Neighborhood and Community Services, August 2011.
SNAPSHOT• More than 580,000 jobs; • 143,000 technology jobs are located in the county• Median household income: $105,241;• Percentage of people below the poverty level: 5.8%;• 38.1 % of people speak a language other than English at home.
SNAPSHOT• Fairfax County… • home to nine Fortune 500 company headquarters; • largest commercial office market in metropolitan Washington DC area (113 million square feet of office space); • 58% of persons age 25 and older have a college degree- one of the highest percentages in the U.S.; • is one of only 39 counties, nationwide, to receive a triple- A bond rating from all three investor services: Standard & Poor’s, Moody’s Investor Service and Fitch Investors Service • the only EDA, nationwide, to have six marketing offices worldwide. Source: Fairfax County Economic Development Authority
IT’S GOOD TO LIVE IN FAIRFAX… • Fairfax County Public Schools; • Libraries with more than 2.6 million items available for check-out; • Inova Fairfax; • 24,000 total acres of county or regional public park land; • National Air and Space Museum; • Wolf Trap; • George Mason and Northern Virginia Community College; • Washington Dulles Airport.
2010 AGE DISTRIBUTION All Persons 2010 Median Age: 37.3 years 9.80% 12.20% 26.40% Under 20 years 20-34 years 35-54 55-64 31.40% 20.20% 65 and older Source: US Census Bureau, 2010 Decennial Census
RACIAL/ETHNIC ORIGIN American Hispanic, 10.5 1990 Indian/Alaska 0% Native, 0.20% Other, 0.30% Asian/Pacific White Islander, 8.50 % Black Asian/Pacific Islander Black, 7.70% American Indian/Alaska White, 81.30% Native Hispanic Other
RACIAL/ETHNIC ORIGIN Hispanic, 15.60 2010 % Other, 10.20% AmericanIndian/AlaskaNative, 0.40% White Black Asian/Pacific Islander White, 62.70% American Indian/Alaska Native Hispanic Other Asian/PacificIslander, 17.60 % Black, 9.20% Sources: U.S. Census Bureau, 1990, 2000 and 2010 Decennial
EMPLOYMENT CHARACTERISTICS • 54.1% of residents commute to a Fairfax County work location • 66.8% of females age 16 and older and 80.9% of males age 16 and older participate in the labor force
2010 EMPLOYERS OF COUNTY RESIDENTS• Private for profit (excluding self-employed in incorporated business): 59.8%• Federal Government: 14.4%• Self-employed: 9.3%• Private Nonprofit: 8.2%• Local Government: 6.8%• State Government: 1.3%
PARKS• More than 24,000 acres• Indoor RECenters• Golf Courses• Nature & Visitor Centers• Athletic fields• Off-leash dog parks• Wolf Trap: national park for the performing arts
POLICE DEPARTMENT• More than 1300 sworn police officers• Accredited by the Virginia Law Enforcement Professional Standards Commission since 1996• Offer online crime reporting for some crimes• Podcasts• Police alerts via email, cell, text• Crime Prevention and awareness tips
SHERIFF’S OFFICE• More than 500 sworn deputies• Largest Sheriff’s office in VA• Founded in 1742 as the original law enforcement agency of the county• Manages the Adult Detention Center
FIRE & RESCUE DEPARTMENT• Founded in 1949• More than 1200 uniformed staff and 600 volunteers• Base of VA Task Force One-specialized search and rescue team dispatched to disasters worldwide
MCCONNELL PUBLIC SAFETY ANDTRANSPORTATION OPERATIONS CENTER• Model of multi agency coordination and cooperation;• Partnership between Fairfax County and Virginia;• Enhances effectiveness of public safety response, traffic congestion management, and better manages the response and recovery from major emergencies
PUBLIC SCHOOLS• Enrollment (2010-2011): More than 177,000• Largest school system in Virginia• Approximately 1 of every 6 residents is a public school student• 11th largest in the U.S.• 94.5% of graduates attend post-secondary programs
HOUSING • Average rent: $1,383 • Total: 396,386 • Single family detached: 191,874 • Single family attached: 98,874 • Multifamily: 105,540Source: Department of Neighborhood and Community Services
TRANSPORTATION• Trails • Fairfax Connector• Metrobus • FASTRAN• Metrorail • Seniors-on-the-Go• VRE (taxicab program for• Amtrak seniors) • Washington Dulles International Airport • Virginia Van Pool Assistance
OTHER COUNTY SERVICES• Animals• Taxes• Social Services• Recycling/Trash• Courts• Consumer Protection• Older Adults• Online Services
KEEPING IN CONTACT WITH YOU • Phone/Email • Facebook • Twitter • Fairfax County Website • Emergency Blog • Newswire • (www.fairfaxcounty.gov/news) • Youtube • Flickr • iPhone/iPad and Android App • Podcasts • Channel 16 • Slideshare • Ask Fairfax! • News Feeds