Mr. Speaker, I rise today to recognize and congratulate Nancy Vehrs on her retirement after 31 years of service to the citizens of Fairfax County, Virginia. I worked closely with Nancy during my 14 years on the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors, and I saw firsthand her dedication and hard work.
Nancy began working for Fairfax County in 1980 and held positions in the Woodburn Mental Health Center and the Fairfax County Police Department before being appointed by Clerk to the Board of Supervisors in 1990.
The position of Clerk to the Board of Supervisors is often thankless, but nevertheless extremely vital to both the operations of County government and our citizens' ability to actively participate in the decision-making process. Nancy was instrumental in modernizing recordkeeping for official Board proceedings and constituent correspondence, enabling better governmental transparency and providing for County residents with a better means of communication. Citizen involvement in government provides another avenue for individual contributions; however, the process of volunteering to serve one's community can be daunting. Nancy saw the value in the County's various volunteer Boards, Authorities and Commissions, and she helped implement a training program to provide citizen volunteers with access to legal, proprietary, and procedural training to assist in their endeavors.
Nancy always sought to pass along her expertise, sharing those ideas and best practices throughout the Commonwealth of Virginia, and she served as President of the Virginia Municipal Clerks Association. She received well-deserved recognition for these efforts, earning the title of Master Municipal Clerk in 2008 and twice being named the VCMA Region II Clerk of the Year.
In addition, Nancy has actively served her community in her individual capacity. She has served as President of the Prince William Committee of 100, a civic organization dedicated to informing the community of local issues of importance. She has served on the Board of Directors of Virginia Native Plant Society and the Board of the Prince William Conservation Alliance, and was the President of the Prince William Wildflower Society.
Mr. Speaker, Nancy Vehrs is a tremendous example of a dedicated civil servant whose many efforts over the years have improved the lives of her community. While her departure will be felt throughout the County government, the many procedures and improvements she helped implement will continue to benefit County residents for many years to come. I ask my colleagues to join me in recognizing and congratulating Nancy Vehrs on her 31 years of service to the citizens of Fairfax County, Virginia, and in wishing her well in her much-deserved retirement.
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