Monday, April 7, 2014 --
Leslyn Barrow, Human Services Specialist, has been named the 2013 City of Falls Church Employee of the Year. The Employee Review Board selected Barrow for her work with the City's most vulnerable residents, including senior citizens, at-risk families and individuals, victims of domestic violence, individuals with disabilities, homeless individuals, and households with low and moderate incomes.
"Leslyn is a one-person shop who shows great expertise and compassion in her work," said Nancy Vincent, Human Services Director. "She has taken responsibility for meeting the human service needs of vulnerable Falls Church residents and has developed programs that provide the highest levels of service."
From becoming personally adept in the new Affordable Care Act, to increasing access to the Sunrise Set-Aside program, and training staff on working with individuals with limited English proficiency, Barrow expanded many services to both City residents and employees. She also chaired the City's Homeless Shelter Coordinating Work Group, Coordinated the City's mentoring program and coordinated a school supply drive and canned food drive.
A public reception in Barrow's honor is scheduled for Wednesday, April 16, at 6:45 p.m. at Cherry Hill Farmhouse (312 Park Ave.). The award will be presented to Barrow that evening at the City Council meeting in City Hall (300 Park Ave.) at 7:30 p.m.
A total of five City employees were nominated for this award for their outstanding contributions during 2013.
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.