Today is a bittersweet day.
The inauguration ceremony for the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors, Fairfax County constitutional officers and the Northern Virginia Soil and Water Conservation District directors will be held tonight at 6 p.m. in the forum of the Government Center. The event can be live streamed here: https://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/cableconsumer/channel-16/live-video-stream. It will be the first swearing-in ceremony in over 30 years where I will not be a participant.
At my retirement reception last Monday, there was a moment where I was joined by nearly a dozen past, present and future members of the Board of Supervisors. It was a reminder of where Fairfax County has been, where it is going, and the people who have watched it grow along the way.
I am so thankful for the time I’ve spent as a member of the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors. Over these many years I have seen Fairfax County undergo tremendous changes. We have survived recessions, developed a strong network of public transportation, and seen exciting new mixed-use development in areas like Tysons, the Mosaic at Merrifield and Reston. Fairfax County’s demographics are very different from when I first took office in 1988. We have a larger percentage of older residents. We are much more racially and culturally diverse, something we appreciate and celebrate.
It’s been a long road to today, but I can say with confidence that I am leaving Fairfax County in a good place. I wish the newly elected Board of Supervisors all the best and know that Fairfax County is in great hands.
It has been an honor to serve Fairfax County for these many years. From the bottom of my heart, thank you for your support, your guidance, and your love for our community. I look forward to enjoying Fairfax as a wonderful place to not only live, work and play, but also to retire.