Employee of the Year

Nominations Now Accepted for 2017 Employee of the Year

Have you received exceptional service from a City employee? Do you know of a City employee who goes above and beyond on a regular basis? Then nominate them for the Employee of the Year Award! The winner will receive a cash prize and recognition at a City Council meeting in April.
Joe Dowling: 2016 Employee of the Year


  • An accomplishment of outstanding worth in advancing and improving public service in the City of Falls Church.
  • The nominee must be involved in and identified with the achievement.
  • There must be tangible results achieved from this performance; results might be higher morale, more effective operations, lower costs or acts beyond the call of duty.
  • The achievement was remarkable or an unusual performance of the nominee’s assigned duties, or above and beyond those assigned duties.
  • The achievement occurred in the calendar year of 2017.

How to Nominate

  1. Complete the Employee of the Year Nomination Form (page 4 of the PDF)
  2. Essay answering all the questions below (see page 3 of the PDF for complete details):
    • What was the nominee's accomplishment?
    • What was the nominee's role in this accomplishment?
    • What was the nominee’s identification to the accomplishment?
    • What was the worth of the accomplishment?
    • How was the achievement remarkable and/or greater than the nominee’s assigned duties?
    • Was the accomplishment started and completed between January 1, 2017 and December 31, 2017?
  3. Gather photos, articles, or any other supporting documentation (optional but encouraged).
  4. Submit the complete package by 4:30 p.m. on Wednesday, February 21, 2018


Eligibility for the award is open to all permanent full or part-time employees in the City government’s personnel system, provided the initial probationary period has been concluded successfully. Appointed Officials, Elected Officials and their employees, and Department or Division Directors are not eligible.

Who May Nominate

  • Any City employee of the General Government
  • City citizens
  • Civic organizations or groups
  • Business and professional groups
Nominations may not be submitted by a member of the immediate family of the nominee or the nominee themselves.

Selection Process

The City Employees Review Board will receive the nominations and the supporting documentation and select the award recipient based on the facts presented. Presentation of the award will be made by the Mayor and Council at the April 9, 2018 Council Meeting in City Hall.

Previous Employee of the Year Winners

Year Winner Department
2016 Joe Dowling Public Works
2015 Missy Elliott Police Department
2014 Megan Graham Court Services
2013 Leslyn Barrow Housing and Human Services
2012 Cary Frostick Mary Riley Styles Public Library
2011 Susan Richter Housing and Human Services
2010 Kathy Allan Environmental Services
2009 Rachel Kindell Aurora House
2008 Ed Lancaster Police Department
2007 Marshall Webster Mary Riley Styles Public Library
2006 Beverly Reich Human Resources
2005 Debralee Woodbury Recreation and Parks
2004 Jill Anne Spence Planning Department
2003 Dan Ellis Police Department
2002 Ali Khan Environmental Services
2001 Deborah Taylor Registrar
2000 Butch Goff Recreation and Parks
1999 Linda Weikle Recreation and Parks
1998 Danny Schlitt Recreation and Parks
1997 Robert Goff Environmental Services
1996 Dagmar McGill Mary Riley Styles Public Library
1995 Donna Ahart Aurora House
1994 Debra Gee Planning Department
1993 Bruce Taylor Police Department
1992 Ralph Lewis Environmental Services
1991 Annette Mills Environmental Services
1990 Melodie Baron Housing and Human Services
1989 Sue Spiker City Attorney's Office
1989 Lieutenant Greg King Police Department
1988 Howard Herman Recreation and Parks
1987 Robert Compher Environmental Services