Monday, March 24, 2019 -- Carly Aubrey, Principal Planner in Community Planning and Economic Development Services, has been named the 2018 City of Falls Church Employee of the Year. The citizen-led Employee Review Board selected Aubrey for her exemplary work taking on project management of the West Falls Church Economic Development Project after a key staff member left the City. "By the strength of Carly’s professional skill and determination, the West Falls Church redevelopment effort was kept on schedule and is poised to positively transform the western end of the City,” said Paul Stoddard, Director of Planning, who nominated Aubrey.
Aubrey has worked for the City for four years, and she was the project manager for the West Falls Church project through a critical time: the closing of the Request for Proposal (RFP) process to selecting a development partner and Council’s subsequent vote on an Interim Agreement (IA) with the development partner. Aubrey has been personally or jointly responsible for almost every analysis, staff report, and presentation related to the project since taking on the role of project manager.
The West Falls Church redevelopment effort is critical to the future well-being and financial sustainability of the city. The 10 acre site will transform the west end of the city, creating a new 18-hour a day neighborhood where residents can work, play, and live. Further, the project will create a regional destination that will attract shoppers and diners. The payments from land leases and tax revenue will help offset the costs of the new high school, estimated to cost $120 Million.
"We are thrilled with the selection of Ms. Aubrey as our 2018 Employee of the Year," said Deputy City Manager and Director of Human Resources Cindy Mester. "She is the embodiment of our Leadership Guiding Principle that the quality and success of our City is a shared responsibility. Her leadership as a project manager is unparalleled.”
The citizen-based Employee Review Board selects an Employee of the Year each year from nominations submitted by City employees and citizens. The recipient is selected for their involvement in an accomplishment of outstanding worth in advancing and improving public service in the City of Falls Church that produces outcomes, such as higher morale or acts beyond the call of duty, and goes above and beyond the nominee’s normal duties.
The public is invited to join the City at two upcoming 2018 Employee of the Year celebratory events on Monday, April 8. A reception will be held at 6:30 p.m. at Cherry Hill Farmhouse (312 Park Ave.) followed by a presentation at the City Council Meeting at 7:30 p.m. in the Community Center (223 Little Falls St.).
LEFT TO RIGHT: City Manager Wyatt Shields, Employee of the Year Carly Aubrey, Paul Stoddard, Meaghan DeCelle, Tara Puzin, and HR Director Cindy Mester.