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Megan Graham Named 2014 City of Falls Church Employee of the Year

Reception, City Council Recognition on Monday, April 13

Megan Graham with City Manager Wyatt ShieldsMonday, March 30, 2015 -- Megan Graham, Probation Counselor, has been named the 2014 City of Falls Church Employee of the Year. The Employee Review Board selected Graham for her work with the City's juvenile justice system and adult probation cases. This included handling cases that dealt with difficult topics, such as domestic violence and child abuse.

After a supervisor retired, Graham took on new responsibilities that greatly increased her workload. In addition to working closely with juveniles, Graham's new workload had her working with adults under supervision. She effortlessly coordinated with Arlington County Court Services, George Mason High School, and the Northern Virginia Family Service. Through her efforts, Graham was able to reduce recidivism rates and serve as a family therapist to the families of youth in the juvenile system.

"Under Megan's supervision, her entire caseload had a recidivism rate of fewer than 15%, an impressive accomplishment when compared to the state average of 75%," said Colin Bagwell, Probation Supervisor. "She took on a position with new responsibilities and was able to effectively manage the new workload as well as her regular assignments."

A public reception in Graham's honor is scheduled for Monday, April 13, at 6:35 p.m. at Cherry Hill Farmhouse (312 Park Ave.). The award will be presented to Graham that evening at the City Council meeting in City Hall (300 Park Ave.) at 7:30 p.m.

A total of six City employees were nominated for this award for their outstanding contributions during 2014.

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.

Photo Credit: The City of Falls Church (Megan Graham with City Manager Wyatt Shields)
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